Vice Presidential hopefuladdressed a large group of sportsmen at the Ohio battleground on Saturday as the bow hunting season kicked off this weekend. He said he’s there to hunt and fish enthusiasts, who, he hopes, will support Romney in the November election.
“Our opening day (in Wisconsin) was two weeks ago. I’ve got some stands out in the woods, but they’re not going to see me this year. And you know why? Because we are going to give this country a choice,” Ryan told the crowd, speaking at the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance’s 16th Annual Save Our Heritage Banquet.
Ryan expressed concern over the possibility of Obama winning another term to the White House. He also attacked the Obama-Biden ticket as he gave word-by-word response to Vice President Joe Biden’s Friday comments in Florida, where he slammed Romney and Ryan over Social Security and Medicare.
“Let me be very clear: There is only one person in this race threatening the health and retirement security programs of our seniors, and that is President Obama. There is only one person in this race insisting on raising taxes and that is President Obama,” the Wisconsin congressman said, according to a report by NBC News.
He went on to promise, “Mitt Romney and I will never waiver in our commitment to our seniors. Our plans actually save these programs, they make no changes for people in or near retirement, they strengthen Medicare and Social Security for a generation.”
This was Ryan’s 13th campaign appearance in Ohio since being named as Romney’s running mate. Before his address at the Banquet, Ryan stopped at a sports bar near Ohio State University to watch Buckeyes match. He was accompanied by his wife, Janna, and old college friend, Tom Blackstone.
The patrons present at the club were surprised by Ryan's unexpected appearance, but gave a warm welcome to him and his wife. The visit comes at a time when Romney-Ryan ticket trails a full 9 points behind Obama in Ohio’s battleground in the polls.
Ohio Governor Rep.has faced criticism for boasting about having created jobs in the state, but not helping much the GOP ticket. Speaking before Ryan’s speech at the banquet, he again talked about his administration's achievements.
“We are up 123,000 jobs in our state and that’s good news,” Kasich said. “I will say this to you: If at times I’ve got to take some heat, that’s OK because it is my job to build a stronger Ohio…this is all about making our state strong, and you know what, we’ve got what it takes.”