Ryan Attacks Obama's Defense Budget During Stop In Ohio


UPDATED: Monday September 24, 2012 6:01 PM

The Race For The White House continues to be run through Ohio, as both sides have a number of stops planned in the Buckeye state this week.

Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan kicked the Republicans' week-long bus tour off on Monday.

Ryan stopped in Lima Monday afternoon and took issue with President Barack Obama's proposed defense budget.

Ryan said that the proposed defense cuts will stop production of a tank made in Lima.

"If we keep doing this, if we keep showing that the only thing we want to do is cut out military - that projects weakness abroad.  And by projecting weakness abroad, our adversaries are more tempted to test us, and our allies are so much less willing to trust us," said Ryan.

While the focus was on U.S. defense, Ryan and his running mate Mitt Romney are in Ohio to try and rally the conservative base across the state.

There is a sense of urgency from Republicans who know they need a huge turnout in places like Lima to carry the state in November.

The latest Ohio Newspaper Poll has the President leading in Ohio by five points.

Ryan appeals to conservatives. Many in the Lima area supported Rick Santorum in the primary and not Romney.

Expect Ryan to spend a lot of time in the more Republican parts of the state during the next month in an effort to get out the vote, 10TV's Jim Heath reported.

Ryan has another town hall planned in Cincinnati on Tuesday morning before appearing with Romney at a rally in Dayton Tuesday afternoon.
 
Obama's next Ohio visit will take him to the college towns of Bowling Green and Kent on Wednesday.

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