Las Vegas, Nevada (CNN) – Paul Ryan focused on Nevada's high unemployment and foreclosure rates when he visited the battleground state the same day as President Barack Obama on Thursday.
Roughly an hour after the Democratic incumbent held a rally in Las Vegas, Ryan spoke to fewer than a thousand people in Reno, where his running mate and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney campaigned just a week ago.
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Ryan segued from Superstorm Sandy's devastation in the Northeast to the economic hardships Nevada residents have faced under the Obama administration.
"When you also think about the economic damage, you don't have to look very far beyond the Reno city limits. You don't have to look very far beyond the foreclosure rate here in Nevada. You don't have to look at all the underwater mortgages. You don't have to look at the 23 million Americans who are struggling to find a job today," Ryan said. "The economy's limping along, it's growing at less than half the rate President Obama said it would if he could just pass this stimulus plan. This is not what a real recovery looks like."
In Reno, which is part of Washoe County that Obama carried in 2008 with 55% of the vote, Ryan urged supporters to take advantage of early voting, which concludes on Friday.
"Nevadans, you understand the place you have, you understand the role you play, the opportunity and responsibility. Let's take it seriously," he said. "Let's make sure that we get those people who may have voted for hope and change because they like the rhetoric but understand it's not working. In a state where you have unemployment above 11 percent, it's not working."
The vice presidential hopeful flew from Reno to Las Vegas where he visited a Romney victory center, thanked volunteers and called a few voters who had early voted for the Republican ticket. By the time Ryan arrived, Obama was on his way to Denver.
"We can early vote all the way through to tomorrow. I just made some calls in here and talked to some folks about making sure they get out and early vote," he told people outside the victory center. "This election is so important we need you to talk to your friends, your neighbors and even your relatives in this one, okay?"
Major Endorsements this week (for your consideration)
Ticket #1 Bloomberg, The Economist, and Colin Powell have endorsed Obama.
Ticket #2 Meatloaf and Lindsey Lohan have endorsed Romney.
Obama/Biden2012 and forward.
Governor Chris Christie would have been a better choice than Romney. Seriously.
Considering that he was instrumental in neutering the regulations that resulted in the mortgage meltdown and high unemployment, Ryan definitely should have mentioned them. It's not surprising that he did not mention his role in it, taking the standard line of "let's blame Obama."
Even Wisonsin doesn't want Paul Ryan
Come on Nevada! The economy stinks out there. Vote Romney!
How long has Paul Ryan been in Congress ?
Too Long !
Vote Early , woulds of wisdon from a member of the Do Nothing Obstructive Congress !
Romney/Ryan/Rove/Reed = GW Bush till the Wheels fall off
Folks can't be that fool hardy to roll the dice for the Romney/Ryan ticket....can they?
I wonder why... lol....
Now they will blame the Hurricane Sandy when they lose. EVEN THOUGH, the storm attacked the most democratic states, causing a problem for early voting. Which is when most democrats vote....
They are voting early lying Ryan, but they are voting for Obama. You may want to look at the polls before you go to campaign. By the way I have seen more people at laundry mats then I see at your campaigns. That should tell you something. lol
Nevada, the classic boom and bust gamblers state. Guess what whe the economy is booming Nevada booms when it gets depressed Nevada is depressed.
To our Republican vice presidential nominee. President Obama did not create the property market bubble 8 years of Bush did and it burst.... and that plus greed of bankers i.e ARMS and packaging them as Triple AAA rated securities along with so called CDS is what put boom Nevada mortgages underwater.
When an economy goes into recession so does gambling and all the other service industries like hotels and restaurants, so Nevada unemployment remains high(er) than the national average.
Now add to that the ethnic mix in Nevada ( colorado as well) and you have no policies that mean anything to those parts of those electorates.
Add to that the recent Ohio strategy against Big Auto has been a real GAFFE, and loses votes as recent polling trends in Ohio show
if Obama wins Ohio, Nevada and Colorado its game over electoral college wise, because that makes Florida sort of irrelevant, but more a like to win not essential in presidential terms.
I just did that Lyan Ryan!
I voted early for Obama.
I am loaning my car, so my neighbors can vote early.
We all have Obama signs in our front yards: black white and Hispanic.
They have already voted early for President Obama.
If President O's ground game is as lame as stated by GOP and media bobble heads, then why is team Rolls Royce, R/R trying to emulate it?