Marion, Ohio (CNN) - Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan increasingly framed the upcoming election as a historic choice about the country's future, telling Ohio audiences Sunday they were up to the challenge of bridging Washington's partisan divide.
“This is not your run-of-the-mill presidential election," Ryan told an audience in Findlay, saying the outcome November 6 would determine "what kind of people we're going to be."
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Romney, the GOP presidential nominee, declared the election "a turning point" that called for "dramatic and real change," and repeatedly told supporters he would achieve the sort of bipartisan agreement he said has eluded President Barack Obama.
"I've got to find - I know there are good Democrats who love America just like we do," Romney told an audience of more than a thousand at his first stop in Celina. "I’m going to reach across the aisle to them and work together, put the interests of the people ahead of the politicians."
Romney joined Ryan on the vice presidential candidate's already-scheduled Ohio bus tour Sunday after canceling three events in Virginia as the state braced for Hurricane Sandy.
His campaign also decided to cancel a Tuesday stop in New Hampshire "due to the concern for the well-being of residents" in the storm's path, according to a spokesman.
As rain began to drench northern Ohio, Romney urged an energetic audience of thousands in Marion to reach out to disaffected Democrats still hedging on the upcoming vote.
"Your friends may have voted last time, perhaps in the Democratic primary, they may have voted for - who knows? They may have voted for Hillary Clinton or they may have voted for Barack Obama. They may have voted for then-candidate Obama in the final election," he said. "But I need you to convince them to vote for Paul Ryan and me."
"And that’s not always easy," Romney continued, "but you can ask them this question, you can say: 'Do you think everything’s going just fine?'"
"No!" the audience yelled in response.
Sen. Rob Portman, who traveled with the two candidates all day, joined a chorus of Ohio officials sounding an optimistic note on Romney's prospects in the crucial swing state.
"It’s the fourth quarter. It’s a tie game but we’re in the red zone, folks, we’ve got the momentum on our side," he said.
Responding to the trio of events, a spokeswoman for the Obama campaign charged Romney's record didn't match his rhetoric.
“The American people can’t trust a word Mitt Romney says, especially when he claims he’d work across the aisle as president," said spokeswoman Lis Smith. "As governor, he refused to work with Democrats in the legislature. And throughout this campaign, he’s refused to stand up to the most extreme voices in his own party – look no further than his continued support for Richard Mourdock," the Indiana Senate candidate whose comments on rape sparked an uproar last week.
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Romney is good for nothing he dont care about the poor he just care about the rich he is just brainwashing everyone to win the election
I do not believe one word from any GOPer. Actions speak louder than words. So far the actions taken by the GOP show me they only care about their party and not the citizens.
Bridge the divide? Ryan IS the divide!
Democrats that love America just like they do? In otherwords...those that don't work with him (agree with him) don't love America? Sheesh!
LMAO. These comments by the R/R ticket crack me up. Moderate Mitt should do stand up comedy after he loses.
You seem to be gasping for air, Obama campaign, and it hurts to watch you. Romney has the proven record to show that he DID WORK with Democrats when he was the governor of Massachusetts – sad that you can't even admit to that simple fact, but American people know better.
I voted early, I'm happy to say that I voted for the democratic ticket, straight from a to z, not a chance I could be in peace and vote republican, my vote counts more bc I live in Florida.
Romney is basically saying what his "severly conservative" GOTP'ers said 2 yrs ago! "Compromise happens when Democrats come over to our way of thinking"! That isn't compromise or bi-partisan work ethic & that's the kind of gridlock the President has been saddled w/the past 4 yrs! These people have an agenda & it has nothing to w/what's good for the country or Americans! If Romney get's in the door austerity is close behind! Obama Nov6!!
Two pathological liars standing together – Rob-Me and Lyin' Ryan. Neither has told us anything about the specifics of their plan – they just say "trust us because we're not African Americans". Both have been shown to lie every time they are asked to speak. Neither is willing to show their tax returns. Both are spoiled preppies who flip-flop every issue.
But Romney doesn't even care about 47 percent of Americans.... he said it HIMSELF. So to hear him pander to Democrats to try and sway some votes is just plain moronic. But hey.. I got a bridge to sell you if you think otherwise.
It’s the fourth quarter. It’s a tie game but we’re in the red zone, folks, we’ve got the momentum on our side," he said.
FUMBLE, Obama recovers, and SCORES... TOUCHDOWN...
Mitt Romeny is one of the Undecided Voters. Obama casts early vote supporting the Democrat ticket.
Ryan is correct. so what kind of American do you want to be?
Against helping other with healthcare? Protectig your own interest in case of a health emergency? Having you right to love as you wish, who you wish and when you wish? How about the right to worship as you feel wihtout intimidation from outside factors.
when conservatives say they want to put the moral fiber back in our country, they mean the white, Christian values that we had decades ago. Thiswill not help our economy- it will not help the middle class or the average working American. So if you are under 60, non- anglo Christian- vote for YOUR interest.
Mitt,you talk a good game, which indeed has helped you garner votes these past few weeks. However, many middle of the road types feel that you and Paul Ryan are too wedded to the beliefs of Ayn Rand, Grover Norquist, and Rush Limbaugh–to name a few. When push comes to shove, conventional wisdom says you'll forge ahead with well-heeled social conservatives at your side, all while leaving poor and middle-class Americans behind.
Ryan told an audience in Findlay, saying the outcome November 6 would determine "what kind of people we're going to be."
Do you want to be like GW Bush ?
See how Romney changed what he said as he was saying it? " I've got to find" changed to "I know there are" democrats who love America. He changed his statement in mid sentence because it sounded like he couldn't find a democrat that loves America.it's probably closer to what he thinks but it's less palatable. He realized that while he was saying it so he changed it like he changes everything he says to keep you from knowing what he really thinks and who he really is.
Will the real Mitt Romney please stand up?
The notion of unity is nothing more than a lie. The pitch man Romney will be a rubber stamp for every far right wing policy initiative. The only unity that will take place will be within the GOP. Everyone else willl be excluded. Gone will be women's right to choose, DOMA will be enforced, DADT will be reinstated, AHCA will be abolished and not replaced. Romney is a liar plain and simple. It took more than 4 yrs to get into this mess and it will take more than 4 to get out
Nate Silver's political forecast put Romney's odds at 1 in 4, which is what all of the sharks in Vegas and elsewhere are placing bets on. The rest of this is just journalistic hype. Romney should be spending more money on Virginia where he's increasingly likely to lose there and without Virginia, he statistically has a very low chance to grab enough electoral college votes to make up for it if it's even possible. Romney basically cant lose any ground and has to gain a good chunk that has been the President's for a while
Pathetic. As Boehner and McConnel found out to thier cost, proposing anything that includes democratic political hopes even partial objectives in legislation does not get to the floor of the house due to the tea partiers.
I fortunately do not think Ohio voters are that easily bamboozled, nor are many other battleground states voters.
Please y'all remember when he won the nomination he got there with being severely conservative... if he renages on that he cant even start to " work accross the aisle" too many of his house republican tea partiers wont let him get to DINO"s with something they might just consider they can cross the aisle on.
Gridlock remains unless the influence of the tea party is damaged in the House in the upcoming election. If it is then either Obama or Romney MAY BE ABLE do what both said they would do work across the aisle in a bi partisan way
Obama signed an overwhelmingly bipartisan Budget Control Act on 8/2/11; and Mitt reneged on the GOP's promises to cut defense. A deal is a deal. When you don't negotiate in good faith, you don't have the integrity to be our president. Our country deserves better than that.
What is that god awful taste in my mouth?
Yes, Romney canceled his NH trip for the well being of the audience. Never has there been a candidate, nay a man, more concerned about the welfare and dignity of human beings than Mitt. The great, benevolent altruist. If elected, I will bask in that beatific smile and know that in his hands I and everyone else can finally sleep at night, knowing that socialist menace that plagued our great nation-the beacon of all hope, the light on the hill, that last bastion of freedom-has passed and unfettered business will break the communist dam and trickle down on all the good citizens as they go about their day discussing at length the works of Ayn Rand.
Romney is a sociopath. Ryan pathological liar. Great combination!
Mitt a candidate for all seasons. trying every tick in the book now Mittens
You bet. It is choice between choosing a very steady hand in leadership and vis a vis one that flip flops all over the place with no clear sense of when and how it will land.