(LANCASTER, Ohio) — Days after Paul Ryan and Joe Biden’s first and only vice presidential debate, the top of the GOP ticket praised his running mate and noted a “growing crescendo of enthusiasm” across key battleground states.
“I’ve had the fun of going back and forth across Ohio and this week I was also in Florida and Iowa, I was in North Carolina, in Virginia, and you know what, there is a growing crescendo of enthusiasm people recognize that this is not an ordinary campaign, this is a critical time for the country, there is more energy and passion, people are getting behind this campaign, we’re taking back this country,” Romney said, standing next to Paul Ryan as well as Ohio senator Rob Portman, who played Barack Obama in debate prep.
On a brisk fall Friday night in central Ohio, Romney praised Ryan’s debate performance saying, “There was one person on the stage with thoughtfulness, who was respectful, who was steady and poised,” inferring that the vice president was not.
“There is one person on that stage you’d want to be with if there were a crisis – it is this man right here,” Romney said in the town square in front of several thousand supporters. “And when the moderator asked how you’d get the economy going, one person on the stage just attacked. But this guy went through all the things he’d do to get this economy going.”
The two running mates were last together the day after Romney’s first debate in Fishersville, Va., last week.
The most recent poll out of Ohio has the president at 51 percent to Romney’s 45 percent, according to an NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist poll from Thursday.
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