Ashland, Virginia (CNN) – The pomp and circumstance of their inaugural appearance over, Mitt Romney and his running mate Paul Ryan moved swiftly to attack President Obama at their second event as running mates Saturday.
Calling Ryan a man "who appeals to the better angels of the American people," Romney said the pair would run a different campaign than Obama, the incumbent.
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"We're not going to besmirch the office of the presidency by succumbing to the kind of attacks and vile and charges that are coming from the Democrats," Romney said.
The two men spoke without the teleprompter they had used at the formal morning announcement, and used their second appearance in a crucial swing state to harshly criticize the president's reelection bid.
"I know that the Democrats are working very hard today," Romney told an audience of 1,500 at a Randolph Macon College gym, saying his opponents were scouring records on his new running mate in hopes of finding a weakness. "They're not going to find anything but they're doing all that work. They're getting ready because their campaign has been all about bringing America's perspective on this race as low as they possibly can make it."
In his remarks, Ryan used his Beltway experience to accuse the president of having "a terrible record" and failing to change the sharply partisan culture in Washington.
"He didn't tack to the middle. He didn't do things that were centrist, he stayed hard left," Ryan said. "He's going to divide and distract this country to win an election by default and you know what? We're not going to fall for that!"
For their part, Democrats moved earlier in the day to tie Romney to the controversial budget plan championed by Ryan in the House. Democrats have accused Ryan of trying to decimate the Medicare program – popular among seniors – with the plan.
"The Romney-Ryan Budget would turn Medicare into a voucher program, make severe cuts to programs like education that would hamper job creation, and repeal health care reform and key protections in Wall Street reform – all to pay for massive tax cuts of millionaires and billionaires," said a statement released by Obama's reelection campaign.
The Republican ticket was next scheduled to speak outside of Washington DC in Manassas, Virginia Saturday night. After events in North Carolina Sunday, a campaign aide said Romney and Ryan would travel to Waukesha, Wisconsin for a rally Sunday evening.
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First of all ,where's your tax returns ??????this is not going away until you produce them , romney son of boss tax cheat .just by selecting a former hot dog car driver ,Ryan .these guys want to privatize soc.sec ,so they can get their hands on the trillions dallar fund so their wall street buddies can make billions off it .would you trust a tax cheat ,romney ,son of boss ,and Ryan a former hot dog car driver ,o weners,remember ???? With your soc sec trust fund .It's not going to happend !!!!the same with Medicare except it will be the insurence companies make money at your expence !!!!
It appears a part of the due nothing team. Enough said.
Can someone please explain how a person who wants to eliminate Pell Grants, is ankle deep in investments involving oil subsidies, wants to destroy Medicare and send sick people out on the 'free market' to try to find coverage with a voucher in their hands that wouldn't pay for three days in a hospital without anyone even talking to you, apparently changed his perfectly fine Real last name from Stanbeck to Ryan (Ayn R? homage to Ms. Rand?). I can see why Ryan would worship at the Rand altar – this was a person who despised the poor, thought empathy and sympathy were for losers, and yet, she had no problem living off Social Security and Medicare and other 'evil' government services as she aged..appeals to the BETTER ANGELS????? Isn't Romney afraid of being struck by lightning???.
Where's your tax returns you Gop tax cheat ,you couldn't get elected if your ran with the whole Mormon ,or moron cult .good luck trying to lot the soc sec fund with your wall street cronies that gave you millions to get their hands on it .Gop train wreck in,Nov!!!!!
I guess its terrible that he got osama and the Gop bafoons couldn't do it for 10 years,park the hot dog bus and go home .
The libral liars plans to divide the nation will fail at the hands of the dynamic duo: ROMNEY and RYAN!
Mr. Romney, Mr. Ryan, have you looked at the Congress approval ratings lately?? Apparently not because, that is what one could call a “terrible record” and Mr. Ryan and in his own way Mr. Romney are now for a long time part of it!!! The President has done excellent work – despite the party of “NO” holding the whole country hostage.
President Obama and a strait Democratic ticket in November to end this GOP / Tea-party nonsense!!
It will be pretty hard not to also point out the terrible record of the do nothing Congress that Ryan is part of.
Why don't you focus on your own record of looting companies and tax evasion, romney son of boss and Ryan the hot dog clown car driver ,Gop hot dog clown bus wreck in Nov ,thanks teaparty !!!!!
The US unemployment rate would be closer to 7% if Republican governors hadn't laid off 600,000 public workers. Our economy overall would also be doing better if all those people still had jobs and were spending money, which STIMULATES THE ECONOMY.
Mittens 'n Munster: Vote for them and vote for the failed policies that took our country down the toilet.