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Obama invites Paul Ryan to lunch today

President Obama has invited GOP vice presidential candidate and House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan to lunch today, a senior administration official confirmed.

As with Mr. Obama's recent flurry of phone calls and dinner Wednesday with Republican senators, the luncheon topic with Ryan is pursuit of a so-called grand bargain on deficit reduction - one that would include tax and entitlement reform.

Ryan, R-Wisc., is drafting the House GOP budget resolution and is a leading party voice on tackling the rising costs of Medicare and Medicaid - though Obama has harshly criticized Ryan's idea of creating a voucher-based alternative to Medicare.

Ryan will be joined at the luncheon at the White House by Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., the ranking Democrat on the Budget Committee.

Mr. Obama invited Ryan to lunch during a phone call earlier this week.

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