NEW PHILADELPHIA, Ohio -- Vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan will cover 400 miles of Ohio by bus for a series of 'victory rallies' promoting his Republican ticket.
At his first stop in New Philadelphia on Saturday morning, he spoke to a crowd at Gradall Industries on Mill Avenue Southwest.
“If we get behind American manufacturers, no one can hold a candle to us. We will win, we will compete, we will create more jobs, we will get on the right track,” he said of our country.
Gradall produces machines for governments, private contractors, mines, metal mills and other industries, according to its website.
Ryan picked at what he called President Barack Obama's 'failed economic agenda.'
“We cannot borrow ourself to prosperity. Half the money borrowed comes from other countries like China in the first place. We cannot rely on other countries to lend us their money to fund our government. That puts us in a dangerous position in the world,” he said.
Ryan called the stimulus package 'a mortgage that is on our children's back' and said we have nothing to show for it than more debt.
"The reason that Romney and I are running is because we have fundamental problems that need fixing, because we worry that if we go down the path we are on, we will end up just like Europe. We will be a country with a more stagnant economy, with a debt crisis, that promotes more dependency, and we will lose our American independence, our American ideal," Ryan told the crowd.
Jessica Kershaw, the press secretary for Obama for America - Ohio, released this response to Ryan's New Philadelphia rally:
“Paul Ryan’s New Philadelphia visit was just another attempt to try and convince Eastern Ohio workers that he and Mitt Romney stand on their side and will protect their jobs, yet it couldn’t be further from the truth. The Romney-Ryan plan will make the middle class pay higher taxes so that the wealthiest Americans can pay less, will cut investments in manufacturing and will reward companies that ship Ohio jobs to places like China. New Philadelphians know the truth, and that is why they will be supporting President Obama this November.”
After his New Philadelphia appearance, Ryan attended a rally at Zanesville High School and also planned to drop by a few local establishments.