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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The leaders of the GOP do not love America. If they did, they would have been working with Obama for the last 3.5 years to invest in American businesses, infrastructure and education. Instead, they have blocked that investment any way they could, at every turn. The GOP Senate minority has blocked more nominees to judgeships and executive branch offices than any other time in our history.
Minority Leader Mitch McConnell announced that the GOP would block any and all comers put forward by the White House:
"It's not sexist. It's not Elizabeth Warren-specific," McConnell spokesman Donald Stewart said. "It's any nominee."
Even before Obama was elected, the GOP leadership in the house and Senate were making statements that they would block any action he tried to take, no matter what it was.
Romney, Show us how you could reach 47% Americans first....
Show us you have facts to back up what you claimed.
Show us the arithmetic of your plan.
This is the saddest election I have ever seen. Watched Mcain and Newt on sunday morning talk show and thought how embarrassing these two men are. I could see the hate in their eyes. Most of what they were saying was untrue and rhetoric. If these are the best that gop can use a surrogates the party is diffently coming to an end. As a women Im turned off by their hate rhetoric. As an independent I dont want to be associated with such hate mongers. Obama 2012
The tea potty who own Mitt the twit don't want to hear this moderate tone as he stumbles to the finish of his loss.
That may be the first honest thing he has said in this election cycle. Someone start the stop watch and see how long before he flips.
You and your little side kick are both liars and fakes. You both will say and do anything, the highest office is not for sale. You both have no hope in getting elected, go back to where you came from and never show your face again !
Funny – for the last several years now all I've been hearing from the right is that Democrats are nothing but libtard socialists who hate America and freedom. But now that they need votes, Romeny is playing at Mr. Bipatisan. But you can bank on, the moment the election is over the Republicans will all go back to stabbing the Dems in the back.
Pandering to his all white conservative base as usual! nothing new here, I never seen him pickup a child nor go to an all black/latino area and talk, when they showed footage of the company that got from the government he spoke at there was a black and a white guy right behind him yawning and rolling their eyes, obviously they was paid or had to sit behind him against their will! Obama 2012
Oh please, of course Democrats love America.
Everything might not be perfect, that's life in general but with somebody whose real god is money things will get worse for the middle class and the poor and seniors.
The twit is still talking about those jobs and industries in China while bain is sending Sensata, American jobs, to China so they can pay workers less than $1 an hour. Yes, that is the American dream for people like the bully bishop who don't about anything else but the color green of money.
I though Only Party who'es Patriotism in Question is of Republican Party – After Letting Terrorism Rise, Fighting Wars to become War lords on the name of terrorism, then causing road-blocks for next 4 years, then Electing Mitt Romney as their Leader In chief who has been most Reckless unpatriotic American probably Leaving. Mitt should be Last person on the earth to talk about Patriotism.
In Romney's endorsing Mourdock, he also derided Deomocratic leaders in a divisive manner. Mitt is certainly not working across the aisle.
Romney and Ryan also made divisive statements against 30 and 47% of Americans, which is not presidential.
Well, it sure is nice to hear that these two arrogant, condescending clowns think that Democrats love this country. Now I can go on with my day.
If Romney wins, I hope he gets the same treatment from the Dems as Obama has from the GOP....so what if we tread water....Romney and the GOP will destroy this country....use common sense when you vote....it is pretty obvious why the President has "failed",.... out and out obstructionism by the Republican party...