Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan is in Ohio trying to rally blue-collar votes for the Romney ticket.
The Wisconsin congressman tells a crowd of 1,400 people at Youngstown State University on Saturday that a strong manufacturing industry is key to a strong economy. And he says President Barack Obama hasn't done enough to strengthen the U.S. economy.
The Republicans also are trying to energize Ohio's young voters this weekend. Ryan is planning to attend tailgate parties at Bowling Green University later in the day, and GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney has an afternoon rally at Shawnee State University in Portsmouth, Ohio.
The Democrats counter that the GOP is pushing the same policies that led to the economic crisis in the first place.
Tuesday's presidential debate has Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney's attention. He's spent nearly four hours Saturday morning preparing for his second encounter with President Barack Obama.
He and top advisers have been huddled in an Embassy Suites hotel in Columbus, Ohio. Romney's debate training partner, Republican Sen. Rob Portman, joined him, along with senior aides Beth Myers, Eric Fehrnstrom and Peter Flaherty. Friend and former colleague Bob White and strategist Stuart Stevens are also on hand.
Romney is spending much of the rest of the day driving his logoed bus across Ohio. He is to speak at Shawnee State University in Portsmouth, Ohio, and later in Lebanon, Ohio, at Portman's Golden Lamb Inn and Restaurant.
First Lady Michelle Obama plans to campaign in Ohio on Monday, and her husband plans to stop in the state on Wednesday in Athens.