Mansfield, Ohio (CNN) - Vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan focused on shuttered auto plants and defense cuts at a campaign rally in north central Ohio on Sunday.
The Republican presidential ticket has struggled to overcome President Barack Obama's edge in the crucial battleground state perhaps in part because of Mitt Romney's opposition in 2008 to a federal auto bailout of the U.S. auto industry.
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In Mansfield, Ryan came to his running mate's defense. He mentioned the General Motors Fisher Body stamping plant that ceased operations at the Mansfield-Ontario Metal Center in 2010.
"I feel very much here at home because Janesville, Wisconsin's a lot like Mansfield, Ohio. A town of similar size – we had a GM plant we lost, you had a stamping plant that you lost," he said. The auto plant in Janesville closed when President George W. Bush was president and before the federal government intervened in 2009.
Ryan continued, "It's not going the right way in some places in America, and you know what it doesn't have to be like this. We don't have to settle for this. This may be the best that President Obama can do but it is not the best that America can do."
Before Ryan came on stage and formed "O-H-I-O" with his three kids, State Sen. Larry Obhoff teed up the vice presidential hopeful's criticism of the Democratic incumbent.
"The auto bailout didn't help Mansfield. When the administration inserted itself into the auto industry the GM plant here in Richland County was closed down," Obhoff said at the rally with about 1,000 people.
Obhoff and Ryan also mentioned defense cuts possible if the so-called "sequester" is implemented at the end of the year that would jeopardize hundreds of jobs at nearby Mansfield Air National Guard Base.
"Right here in the shadow of the 179th, this is an air lift wing that has proven its mettle. This is an airlift wing that has shown how tactical airlift is so important," Ryan said. "The president's reckless and devastating defense cuts it's the only area he is eager to actually cut spending, which is the primary responsibility of the federal government, national defense."
Ryan continued, "We do not agree with this sequester, we will not allow this sequester to take place. We will put national security first and foremost and make sure that we have peace through strength. That keeps us safe. That keeps us secure. That makes sure that our men and women who are fighting for us have what they need to do their jobs. We are serious about this."
Should Romney get in, certainly the country should pray for his well being. Can you imagine, Ryan running the Country?
Not a good team at all. I wish the GOP had picked Ron Paul. He speaks straight, he takes no b/s from the party and he is well experienced. He can't be controlled.
a word of advice...telling lies really doesn't help your cause especially when what you have said has been proven to be untrue. Yeah some people are not very bright and will fall for them but most people will not. Only the ones that planned to support Romney anyway will still believe the Jeep/China lie.
He was in Congress under President George Bush when all this crisis began. He voted with Bush in every issue on the floor. Why is he not talking of his 14yrs congressional achievements? What did he propose to save the auto industry? Other than Obama bail-out, what were his or Republican options?
Am Texan and red hot pepper but not this time.
Is this idiot for VP??? Pathetic nasty animal. ELIMINATE FEMA???? Idiot.
Don't like Paul Ryan, she is a "snake in the grass".
You can count people. These animals are running out of money.
If it had been up to romney the lieing tax cheat and his stooge lyin Ryan all the plants would have been shut and none of you would have jobs,the romneytanic will hit the Obamaburg on the night of Nov 6 whither the loss of all gop bafoons .they tried to call fema ,but lyin Ryan the goofball had already cut funding for the lifeboats and told them to call their momma for help or one of the states ,he's busy working out !!!
does this fool thing that ohio people are dumb?? This guy is scary. Ohio knows better
Obama speaking to 25000 in Fl Ryan speaking to 1000 in Oh.....and they think they're gonna win it how......
so ryan voted for the sequestration bill but now blaming Prez Obama for it? Really, lyin Ryan's criticism is senseless.
Ohio is definitely not on fire for Romney or Ryan.
Simply Lyin-Ryan lied again
Quit your crap Romney you're done,just stop the lying because its getting old!!
Typical republican spin and whine. "We need more more more more for wars wars wars wars".
Why won't he debate for his seat!
Ryan complains about sequester? Really, if he was so against them, then why didn't he call up the White House and offer a deal? Where was his willingness to compromise?
The Stench and Lyin Ryan will not be missed.
Defense cuts in Ohio? For all we know, Romulus supporters probably caused those attacks that occurred this past September. They're capable of anything and everything as we have already seen. Never go back people. If you really want this country to be better, don't expect a confused salesman who looks down his nose at just about everyone to make it better.
OHIO YOU KNOW WHO WORKED FOR YOU! Don't let the GOP in again to "harvest" the country! Trickle down economies! You know!! Please do not let US ALL down tomorrow! VOTE! VOTE FOR US ALL SO WE DO NOT HAVE TO ENDURE THE "GOP" AGAIN!!!!
Memo to Ryan- There are no auto jobs being cut in Ohio, in fact they are being increased. For God's sake, stop lying!