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Paul Ryan in Nevada: This is nowhere close to an economic recovery

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Republican vice presidential candidate Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., campaigns at the Peterbilt Truck & Parts Equipment company in Sparks, Nev., Friday, Sept. 7, 2012.

Updated Friday, Sept. 7, 2012 | 3:44 p.m.

Paul Ryan in Sparks

Republican vice presidential candidate Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis. campaigns at the Peterbilt Truck & Parts Equipment company in Sparks, Nev., Friday, Sept. 7, 2012. Launch slideshow »

SPARKS — In a brief fly-in-and-fly-out campaign stop here Friday, Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan promised he and Mitt Romney would wrest the White House away from a president who’s “really bad at creating jobs.”

Reprising his campaign stump speech, Ryan offered a broad five-point plan for creating jobs that included the general campaign themes of lowering taxes, protecting small businesses, exploiting natural resources and fostering manufacturing and agriculture.

“President Obama gave a big speech last night,” Ryan said, eliciting a string of boos from the crowd.

“President Obama’s not a bad guy,” he added, a line the crowd was in no mood to accept. “He’s just really bad at creating jobs.”

As evidence for that claim, Ryan referred to Friday’s jobs report that showed the economy added just 96,000 jobs last month. The unemployment rate dropped to 8.1 percent, but only because American workers stopped looking for jobs.

“We learned today that for every person that got a job nearly four people stopped looking for a job,” Ryan said. “They just gave up. We can’t keep doing this.

“Friends this is not an economic recovery. This is nowhere close to an economic recovery. We need a new president and we need a real economic recovery.”

The Obama campaign fired back that Ryan continued his propensity to ignore or bend the facts to fit the context of his speech.

He blamed Obama for a credit downgrade that came about as a result of the gridlock in Congress and touted Romney with cutting spending as governor of Massachusetts even though spending increased by 22 percent, the Obama campaign said.

“There is one indisputable fact that Congressman Ryan can’t change,” Obama spokeswoman Lis Smith said. “Mitt Romney’s policies of giving more tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans paid for by the middle class, making deep cuts to critical investments like education, and turning Medicare into a voucher system would not take us forward—they’d take us back.”

Ryan's speech starts a busy week of presidential campaign visits to Nevada-- a key battleground state in the fight for the White House. Romney is scheduled to address the National Guard Association convention in Reno on Tuesday, while Obama will rally supporters in Las Vegas on Wednesday.

Republicans used Ryan’s visit to Sparks to tout their down ticket candidates in Northern Nevada—giving Sen. Greg Brower and GOP assembly candidate David Espinosa a chance at the microphone.

U.S. Rep. Mark Amodei, who has virtually no re-election battle this year, gave the crowd warm-up speech before Ryan took the stage. He introduced the Pledge of Allegiance as a “uniquely Republican thing.”

"We want to start with kind of a uniquely Republican thing, we want to start with the pledge of allegiance," Amodei said.

The quip set off a firestorm on Twitter, with many remarking on Rep. Gabby Giffords’ moving recitation of the pledge at the Democratic National Convention the night before. Giffords continues to recover from the brain injury she received when a gunman opened fire on her campaign rally two years ago.

“Well, you never know what Mark Amodei is going to say,” Brower said when asked about Amodei's remark.

In a brief interview later Friday afternoon, Amodei said his off the cuff comment was not meant to imply the Pledge of Allegiance was uniquely Republican, but that reciting it at the start of a campaign rally was unusual.

Ryan closed his speech with his typical call for support, promising the crowd his ticket would not only work to earn their vote but to “deserve victory.”

"This is what we are committing to you,” Ryan said. "We want to earn your vote this election. We want to deserve victory so we have the mandates and the moral authority to fix this mess. We are not going to duck these tough issues. We’re not going to kick the can down the road. We are going to get spending under control. We are going to get the economy growing and we are going to take responsibility.”

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  1. Let's dump the guy that is fighting to bring back jobs and put in the guys that lost the jobs in the first place. Brilliant!!!

  2. Hey, TeaNutz...

    What are Paul Ryan and his do-nothing, 'obstruct the President at all costs since 2008' fellow Congress-people doing to create jobs and grow the economy?

    NADA!!!

    http://republicanjobcreation.com/

    http://www.cnn.com/2012/07/19/politics/s...

    http://www.policymic.com/articles/11510/...

    http://www.cbsnews.com/2100-250_162-2012...

    "We hate Barack Obama SO MUCH, we are willing to sacrifice America's future in order to defeat him!"

  3. "This is nowhere close to an economic recovery" Yeap, but it sure was one hell of a crash, right? Thanks Bush, where ever you are.

  4. Rep. Paul Ryan has Zero credibility! He and Mitt Romney have lied, distorted the issues, and are trying to mislead the voters.

    Nevadans don't like outsiders, especially lying outsiders, coming into our state and lying, and lying, and lying. Go home Paul Ryan. Go home!

  5. TEA Whiz...

    That unabashed arrogance is what 'endears us' to the 'I, Me, MINE!' party and is one of the primary reasons why Barack Obama will win comfortably in November.
    I wonder if Paul Ryan & Joe Heck have the same barber...

  6. Mr. O had and has vast experience SPENDING money.

  7. Yes, Ryan is correct. I am going to give him my vote this time. They better bring radical change whether it is painful or not. I am certain it will be hard, very hard but I will brace myself for it. I would rather take a lot of pain for a short period of time knowing it will cure the illness rather than just a band-aid now and then to try and pacify me.

  8. @TEA, how did World War II get us out of the Depression? Oh, that's right, it was government STIMULUS! The government was borrowing money to pay for war material. Guess what? That's Keynesian economics!

    Oh, no! Your own statistics came back to bite!
    Oh, no! The unemployment rate when GW Bush took office was 5.7%. When he left, it was 7.8%. Yep, them Republicans create jobs! Oh, wait...

    And lets see... the icing on the cake: During George W. Bush's first term, the debt to GDP ratio increased 7.1%. In his second, it rose 18.2%. In Obama's first term, it has risen 10.3%. So, in other words, as a percentage of GDP, Bush created far more debt than Obama!

    Facts: The greatest enemy of the GOP.

  9. Exactly what can be expected from a Republican looking for votes: "You didn't fix it fast enough".

    Paul Ryan inherited a fortune from his family's participation in Public Works Projects that he now mocks.

    http://www.alternet.org/election-2012/ry...

    Ryan represents the overwhelming mindset of the GOP: " Serve the military yourself. I got mine now get away from my feedbag."

    Ryan has the next two decades of Military Confrontations with Russia planned intends to borrow trillions from the Chinese to pay for the coming confrontation to "Keep America Free". Oh Holy balls of snot.

  10. The Obama administration is closing coal plants. I see "fairy dust" and instead of Romney I think of Obama..whose fairy dust alternative energy is not going to run your vehicle or heat your house.
    The EPA is forcing industry to comply to regulation written in an ivory tower for..pie in the sky..technology that doesn't exist.
    Obama does not understand how stuff works..He thinks the government can pass out a food stamps and vouchers or government checks for make-work..and then ban all the polluting equipment needed for growing and transporting the food..and tax the people who own that equipment big bucks to pay for the food stamps, vouchers and government checks..
    You can't shut down a coal fired plant..then think you can restart it again by executive order..

  11. There are 15 coal fired plants shutting down because of EPA regulations
    What system is currently in place to provide power to the customers who are relying on those plants?
    Obama Fairy Dust..??
    Alternative energy that doesn't exist or isn't on line or is so expensive no one can afford it..like those new "green" cars?

  12. Maybe it's just me, but doesn't Paul Ryan resemble Alfred E. Neuman from MAD Magazine fame?

  13. Another good Catholic man. I don't know of any policy, executive order, or anything a President or VP can do to revoke a woman's right to contraception or abortion. Would take Congress and even then SCOTUS would strike that down as unconstitutional.