CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan had a clear message at Cleveland State University Wednesday: the Romney/Ryan ticket will put America back to work.
One in six Americans is living in poverty.
Ryan said Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney will get Americans back in the business of producing American energy. He said they'll open new markets to American products and stop spending money America just doesn't have.
"Wherever we are in life, rich or poor, black brown or white, by chance or by choice, we are one nation rising or falling together," Ryan told the crowd.
Ryan said Ohio's poverty rate is more than 15 percent, and the nation is on the verge of a financial crisis. Many of the people currently living in poverty were in the middle class just a few years ago, he said.
"We will crack down on countries that cheat," said Ryan. "We will stop spending money we just don't have."
The Wisconsin congressman spoke to a full house.
"At the end of the day, it's all about creating new jobs," said CSU student Sarah Shannon. "I don't want to be in debt the rest of my life."
"I like his youthfulness, ideas, zestfulness," said Bing Crosby, Jr. "That he's pro-biz. He's a guy who encompasses a lot of ideas."
"I don't see any changes from Obama administration, that they're going to change anything else in the next four years," said college student Lauren Kluth. "And I think Romney and Ryan will bring the changes we need."
The Romney-Ryan ticket will be back in Northeast Ohio this week. They will both appear in North Canton Friday night at Hoover High School.
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