With election day just three weeks from tomorrow, Ohio remains the key battleground state for Campaign 2012. Continuing the parade of candidates through our area, Republican Vice-Presidential Candidate Paul Ryan was at Lunken Airport earlier this afternoon for a rally.
Local 12 News Reporter Jeff Hirsh was there and says the message was short. Ryan's speech lasted only ten minutes. Actually, it was more of a pep rally... urging Republicans to get out and vote.
Congressman Ryan flew here from his home state of Wisconsin.
The Ryan-Romney ticket has pulled even with President Obama and Vice-President Joe Biden in many of the swing state polls ...even ahead in some. But in Ohio, the President has maintained a small but generally consistent lead.
With that in mind, Ryan urged the crowd of about 500 faithful Republicans to vote early so they can use the rest of the time trying to convince undecided voters or even wavering Obama supporters to vote GOP. Ryan said the President has failed to deliver. "This is nothing but a failed agenda of broken promises, of hollow rhetoric. They see that this is a man who cannot run on his record and so has resorted to a campaign not of hope and change but of attack and blame, distort distract, divide to try and win an election by default. You can't let him get away with it."
The Obama campaign issued a statement in response to Congressman Ryan's comments ... saying in part "Congressman Ryan's claim that Mitt Romney is offering actual solutions is totally disconnected from reality. They can't hide their plan to bring back the same failed policies that punished middle class families and crashed our economy in the first place."
Get ready for more disagreements on the future of the country. The second Presidential debate is tomorrow night.