Cedar Falls, Iowa (CNN) - Mitt Romney's running mate Paul Ryan painted a bleak picture of the economy at rallies in Colorado and Iowa on Friday despite a fairly strong jobs report released four days before Election Day.
On Friday, the Labor Department announced the nation's jobless rate inched up to 7.9% in October, from 7.8% in September, but 171,000 jobs were added last month.
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Even though the U.S. economy now has more jobs than it did when President Barack Obama took office in January of 2009, the Republican vice presidential nominee blamed sluggish growth on the Democratic incumbent's failed policies.
"The economy is growing at less than half the rate that the president said it would be growing at if only he could borrow a bunch of money and spend it on his cronies and stimulus package," he said in western Colorado. "We are 9 million jobs short than what he said he would accomplish. Look, in the president's campaign for another term, he has offered nothing different and if he is re-elected, nothing different is exactly what we would get."
The rally drew nearly 1,000 people to an airport hangar in Montrose, a county that GOP presidential nominee Sen. John McCain won handily in 2008.
"He knows firsthand because he's helped create tens of thousands of jobs," Ryan said, referring to Romney's experience in the private sector as a Bain Capital executive.
The Midwesterner recognized the smell of manure in the air – a nod to the area's agriculture hub. "I can smell success right now," said Ryan, after he took an audible whiff. "We live in dairy, corn and bean country in southern Wisconsin. That's the smell of success isn't it? That's the smell of progress. I love that smell, it makes me feel at home."
The seven-term congressman and House Budget Committee chairman also touted the background of the Republican ticket in governing.
"We can come together, Republicans and Democrats can come together to solve this country's problems. And we have a proven record for actually doing that. Mitt Romney did that that as governor, and I have been doing that in the House. We know that Americans love America and it doesn't matter what party you come from. We can fix this country's problems," he said.
Later in the day in another crucial battleground, Ryan held a rally at the University of Northern Iowa, located in one of the state's 52 counties that voted for Obama in 2008 and helped him claim six electoral votes over McCain by almost 10 percentage points.
"Right here in Big 10 country we can make the difference. Our two states right here – Wisconsin and Iowa – we can tip it over. We can make the difference right here in Iowa," Ryan told another crowd of nearly 1,000 people in Cedar Falls.
"We're asking you to talk to those people who thought hope and change sounded good in 2008 who now know better. The whole thing is up for grabs," he said. "We cannot afford as a nation to wait four more years for real change, lets make sure we only wait four more days."
On Friday evening the vice presidential hopeful reunited with his running mate for a joint rally in West Chester, Ohio.
Breathe deeply, Pauly. The smell of success is as close as you'll get to it.
Ryan smells what?....A return to the Bush years the Republicans gave us that once..Maybe he smells all that stuff they gave us plus the stinking 2007 Great Recession and NO regulations and all that credit card use by Bush and the republicans.. And of course Romney has his Romenycare for yu all..
Thank you Chrysler management! Thank you GM management! Mitt Romney has engaged in the most outrageous, lack of integrity and desperate attempt to distort the truth probably ever in any Presidential campaign. The Romney camp “has no shame” and is flailing with wild jabs unbecoming of honorable men.
He smells alright. And it aint success.
the small of a successful four years
Considering where your head typically is, Paul, I think your idea of success must smell pretty bad!
He may lose both seats.
Here's what I smell Paul I smell the republicans doing everything they can to make certain Obama does not get re-elected, even if it means many people in this country are suffering as a result of your party's actions. Your people have been stating that publically for a while until thye election started. Maybe that's because you have put power ahead of the people. You and your party are a disgrace.
Wait, so at UNI he talked about "Big 10" country?
How was that received?
Poor little Ryna , he and his co conspirator Romney are desperate to undo the horrible statements they made. There is not a day when they dont have to walk back some obnoxious statement they make the day before. They sometimes double down on the lies, distortions , fabrications, contradictions and inconsistencies, call it what you may , they are unreliable and untrustworthy Women run from them they are fancy LIARS and want to ruin your reproductive lives. Seniors in particular run very fast and vote against these two or else they will throw you all over the edge, they are going to give you vouchers for your healthcare.
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obama should be hog tied, arrested and jailed. and then hung.
this idiot is so oblivious of current events...., that explains his business experience driving a hot dog truck ...nauseating really
Name one product that Romney produced to create tens of thousands of jobs. Having the influence through your parents, to get investor's money to buy companies creates personal wealth, not middle class jobs. This is a wolf in sheep's clothing.
The Romney/Ryan ticket smells like something far removed from success!
This young lad doesn't smell anything. Just only the smell of food in the Soup Kitchen where he cleaned up dishes without asked to do so.
He smells bad...
He may get defeated...
It is time for a shower...
I would not call 7.9% unemployment a fairly strong jobs report. Good effort at spinning it, Shawna Shepherd
Romney is a liar and a woman hater and Ryan lacks the experience to be second in commnand of anything but a Boy Scout Troop.
The more republicans talk the less likely they are to win the election.
So will Mitt send his sons to the war he will start?
Manre is manure. Are we going to spin that one as well?
So, since Mormoms do not believe in military service, does this mean our sons will have to fight in the wars Rommey will start while his sons stay home?
Lyin' Ryan wouldn't know the truth if it bit him in the butt.
Really? In the midst of a horrific storm that has paralyzed the city he once represented, this man is out campaigning in Ohio? I cannot believe how ugly and disgusting this Presidential campaign has gotten and will be so thankful when it is over with on Tuesday. I'm sick and tired of hearing outrageous remarks from old armchair quarterbacks like Senator McCain and Rudy Guiliani against the President who has been juggling the responsibilities of his office with campaigning. I personally prefer to listen to respected individuals, such as Colin Powell, who even as a Republican is supporting Barack Obama.