Ryan Says He Feels ‘Very Good’ Hours Before Voters Go to the Polls
(JOHNSTON, Colo.) – Just hours before voting starts, Paul Ryan stopped at a diner, but didn’t give much away about how he was doing before what could be the biggest day of his life.
“I feel very good,” he told reporters as he stopped in at Johnson’s Corner, a truck stop diner in Johnston, Colorado, famous for their large cinnamon rolls.
Ryan didn’t answer when reporters asked him if he had spoken to his running mate Monday, although he has said in the past they talk daily.
He also met a priest at the restaurant and he asked Father Greg Ames of a church in Northgenn, Colo. to bless his rosary, taking it out of his pocket.
Sunday on a conference call with evangelical voters he said he always keeps a rosary in his pocket, and he also said he and his family “pray throughout the day.”
After visiting Johnson’s Corner he held a rally outside and he made sure to point out that the GOP ticket is “running a campaign” on the “principles that built this country,” including “religious liberty.”
On the call with evangelical leader Ralph Reed’s Faith and Freedom Coalition Sunday he also spoke about the issue, criticizing the president for the administration’s mandate that hospitals and other employers affiliated with religious groups provide insurance coverage for contraception.
“We should not have to sue the federal government to keep our constitutional freedoms,” Ryan said, referring to the Catholic Church’s lawsuit over the mandate.
“Imagine what he would do if he actually got reelected. It just puts a chill down my spine,” Ryan added.
On Monday, the GOP vice presidential nominee also reprised a line Mitt Romney has been using on the stump calling Obama’s campaign and administration “the incredible shrinking presidency and the incredible shrinking campaign,” hitting his opponents on the tone of the campaign.
“It’s partly funny but it’s actually quite sad,” Ryan said.
Both campaigns have spent heavily in the battleground state, dumping $69,551,600 on 114,876 ad,s making it the state with the fourth-highest-spending, according to Kantar Media’s Campaign Media Analysis Group, an ad tracking group. They have also campaigned in the state heavily; Ryan was just there Sunday as well as Thursday.
Polls in the Rocky Mountain State are very tight between Obama and Romney. A CNN/ORC poll from last week showed the president with a two-point advantage, within the margin of error. Obama was at 50 percent support, while Romney was at 48 percent. The ABC News/Washington Post daily national tracking poll out Monday gave the president the same slim edge with 50 percent to 47 percent.
Ryan’s next stop on his five state, five stop, four timezone day is where the presidential contest begins: Des Moines, Iowa.
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