Ryan says Virginia could decide presidential election
GLEN ALLEN, Va. –
Before a spirited crowd of 3,700 at Deep Run High School on Friday, Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan assailed what he called “Obamanomics” and declared that Virginia could decide the country’s direction come November.
“This is no ordinary election. These are not ordinary times,” the congressman said from the center of the overflowing gymnasium. “This is a state that has it all. And this is a state that will determine it all — and we need a clear choice.”
The rally in western Henrico County marked Ryan’s second Richmond-area appearance in less than a week, having visited Ashland last Saturday after Mitt Romney introduced him as his running mate in Norfolk that morning.
Although Ryan’s speech didn’t stray far from last week’s, he put a personal touch on things, speaking of his fondness for Virginia, its leaders and the time he has spent here — much of it hunting and fishing.
“I’ve caught some big bass here,” he joked.
“Out of this state have come ideas and leaders that have made the nation proud,” Ryan added, paying homage to Thomas Jefferson for establishing what he said was the basic American concept: “Our rights? They come from nature and God, and not from the government.”
Gov. Bob McDonnell welcomed Ryan to the stage by taking a shot at Vice President Joe Biden, who mistakenly told a crowd in Danville Tuesday that with its help, the Democrats could win North Carolina again.
“Isn’t it great to have a candidate for vice president who actually knows what state he’s in?” McDonnell said with a smile.
Ryan drew thunderous applause throughout his 20-minute speech, but never more so than when he went on the attack against President Barack Obama.
“We have a president who’s run out of ideas,” he said. “And therefore, we have a president who’s decided that his campaign is going to be based on frustration and anger.”
Ryan pledged to work with Romney to offer solutions rather than engage in mudslinging, and he told the audience that Romney’s economic plan aims to create 12 million jobs over four years. “That’s 345,000 jobs right
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