Cincinnati (CNN) - Saturday was game day for huge swaths of college sports fans across the country, and for the Republican ticket in Ohio the focus was not much different.
"It's time for America to see a winning season again, and we're gonna bring it to 'em," Mitt Romney told an enthusiastic audience at a Cincinnati train station.
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The GOP presidential nominee – a fan of the New England Patriots – likened President Obama's record on job creation to that of a losing coach.
"One of the promises he made was he was going to create more jobs. And today, 23 million people are out of work or stopped looking for work or underemployed," Romney said. "Let me tell you if you have a coach that's 0 and 23 million, you say that it's time to get a new coach."
Meanwhile across the state, vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan tail-gated in Columbus as he prepared to cheer for his alma mater – Miami University of Ohio – in the season opening weekend. The school will play against Ohio State University, which hasn't lost a home opener in 34 years.
Ryan met up with former brothers from his fraternity, Delta Tau Delta. He played a game of corn hole with an 11-year-old and flipped burgers at a tent hosted by the Columbus Hospitality Group.
Ryan's mother, Betty Ryan Douglas, who was with him, said it was "just like he did at McDonalds," where he worked in high school.
Before kick-off, Romney's running mate spoke briefly to the Miami University Redhawks in the locker room, but the campaign wanted this to be just a photo-op so the candidate's remarks would not be reported.
Romney's rally in Cincinnati drew thousands of raucous supporters, who cheered for 40 seconds when the candidate promised to repeal and replace Obama's health care law.
"We recognize what a great responsibility you've given us," Romney said after taking in the applause. "How much you expect from us to be able to get back the White House and get America back on track."
Romney continued to tick through his five-point plan to create jobs. He did not mention his plan would include cutting a government subsidy to Amtrak – whose trains run through the Union Station where Romney spoke.
A spokeswoman for Obama's re-election effort said Romney would raise taxes on middle-class families and make "deep cuts to critical investments in education and infrastructure."
"Those are the same failed policies that crashed our economy and devastated the middle class in the first place and are promises the middle class just can't afford," Lis Smith said.
In his remarks to an overflow audience of about 600 people, Romney made reference to his Democratic opponents' convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, which kicks off on Tuesday.
"It's not going to be as happy as ours was," Romney said.
Is this guy going to lead us? Pathetic idiot. Total nonsense to USA.
I'm so pleased to hear a true leader talk about sport in such a civilized maner !
Is Bain hiring ?
This "country bumpkin native of Ohio" would never vote for Romney know his history at Bain Capitol, his offshore accounts in Switzerland, Cayman Island, Bermuda, a Blind Trust he knows nothing about and his refusal to show his tax returns and to top it off flying around the country in a plane with a logo that should say "Believe in The Cayman Island". No way, Jose.
I noticed when the Romney's came on stage Ann Romney did her usual beauty pagent wave and carefully AWAY from the audidence so no one could touch her hands. How arrogant and typical "I'm above you" but I want your vote of Ann.
As far as Willard and Ryan involking sports into their stump speeches–forget about it as neither could make it in anything slightly physical and involving contact with players. Corny as the most.
Having said that-Willard has yet to tell us what he plans to do to create those "12 millions jobs" he promised, along with the phony energy claims. He's now trying to get in the White House using Reagan's old game plans and it won't work, so he should just stop it now. First of all, this is not the 1980's and he is no Ronald Reagan (thank God). Minorities have taken a stand against oppression and slander and this country on a whole does not want to go back to that kind of thinking but let him continue to make an ass out of himself trying if he wants to.
Congratulations to the people of Ohio especially Nina Turner for fighting back and not allowing ANYONE to take away their RIGHT to vote fairly.
CORRECTION: I noticed when the Romney's came on stage Ann Romney did her usual beauty pagent wave and carefully MOVED AWAY from the audidence, so no one could touch her hands. How arrogant and typical of "I'm above you" but I want your vote of Ann.
"It's time for America to see a winning season again, and we're gonna bring it to 'em," Mitt Romney told an enthusiastic audience.
Mr 1% fails to mention the young Americans in harm's way in Afghanistan or those lives that were lost in the GOP started war, but is all over foot ball.
Too bad Afghanistan was not a polo match, something this arrogant, empty Brooks Brother suit cares about.
He certainly does not care about the young folks battling for this country, if his "acceptance" speech is any indication.
And "trust me" is not a definition of his vision for those Americans in harm's way.
I King Tabby Nackle Bishop Romney will not show my returns of oversea Tax havens to those silly Non Millionaire Peasants for they have no place in disclosure of a Candidate for the Highest office & thanks daddy Rich Mormaon for sending me to France to aviod the war.
I think it is a shame to stage at the Republican Convention the use of our disabled Vets who lost their legs in war as Honor Guards and not have them proudly wear their dress uniforms that all Military, Police & Fireman are so proud to wear. These Vets were staged by the Republicans to wear SHORTS to display their disabilities; all for republican political gain. I say shame on the Republicans. At the convention each Honor Guard Vet should have been in dress uniforms & should have been able to speak on their stories of the effect of war. Amazing during Romney's speech nothing was mentioned about our American Soldiers who fought in the Iraq War & American Soldiers still fighting in the Affiganistan War. Maybe we should remember also the
9-1-1 World Trade Center tragedy & the American's full support to fight back no matter what the cost of the War against Terrorists would be [and the cost of war does effect the country's financial issues & economy]. Maybe the media needs to remind us of that terrible day on September 11, 2001 by showing us the video footage of that day every month of every year.
If you want your mom and dad kicked off Medicare and soc sec ,just continue to believe these two Gop bafoons party liers ,romney the tax cheat and Ryan atkins BACHMANN cantor teaparty goofballs !!!!!!!
Mittens will always be a liar, tax evader, jobs outsourcer, money launderer, and elitist. Other than that, Go Noles!