As a candidate, Barack Obama claimed he would bring Americans together. Four years later as a president seeking reelection, Obama is dividing the country, says Republican vice-presidential hopeful Paul Ryan.
“He really can’t run on his record, so he’s trying to divide this country,” the Wisconsin congressman told a lively crowd of supporters who packed the Embassy Suites ballroom in downtown Des Moines Tuesday afternoon.
“I thought it was great,” said Waukee resident Alice Guysinger. “He did a good job of I think he will do a good job as a vice-president and I think Romney will do a good job as president. We need someone to get the fiscal house in order. We have to balance our checkbook, there’s no reason the federal government can’t balance theirs.”
An estimated 600 people were in attendance. The event was originally scheduled for Simon Estes Amphitheatre, but was moved indoors due to rain. During his 25-minute speech, Ryan repeatedly hammered the president’s fiscal policies. He also said Obama could learn a lesson from Iowans.
“Iowa, you have the lowest credit card debt in the nation,” Ryan said. “People in Iowa live within their means. You have governors who balance the budget. You’re frugal.”
Perhaps in an effort to reach out to Ron Paul supporters, Ryan also blasted the Federal Reserve system. Last week, Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke announced the launch of a third round of “quantitative easing”, which is yet another stimulus package aimed at boosting the economy.
“The Federal Reserve is stepping in with yet another bailout,” he said, as the crowd booed. “All this money printing, all this creation of money is sugar high economics. What we want, what we deserve, what we need in this country is honesty money. We want our money to be reliable. We want our money to be something we can count on.”
Offering a harrowing vision of four more years under President Obama, the country would face “more borrowing, more taxing, more spending, more regulating, more money printing” and would soon end up like Europe and that continent’s financial woes. Ryan said the Mitt Romney administration would “reapply Founding principles” to get the U.S. back on the right track.
“He hit all the right buttons for me because if we don’t get a handle on the spending, we’re cooked,” said Des Moines resident Ken Boatwright.
The Romney campaign made a concerted effort at this event to register attendees for early voting. Several volunteers armed with clipboards encouraged voters to sign-up for absentee voting. According to various reports from county auditors around the state, Democrats have a substantial lead on Republicans for absentee ballot requests. Ryan encouraged the crowd to vote early during his speech.
Photo by Brad Boustead
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