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Columbus Dispatch
In Marietta, Ryan blasts Obama as a fear monger
By Joe Hallett
Sunday November 4, 2012 

MARIETTA, Ohio — In the frenetic final days of the presidential campaign, GOP vice-presidential nominee Paul Ryan yesterday beseeched voters to pause and contemplate what’s at stake. Speaking in a half-filled auditorium at Marietta College, as 1,200 chanted “Three more days,” Ryan assailed President Barack Obama for making the campaign about “small things” at a time when voters face a monumental decision. 

“We’ve got a big choice to make,” Ryan said in a 15-minute speech. “We’re not just picking a president for four years; we’re literally picking the trajectory of this country, the meaning of America, the kind of people we’re going to be, the kind of country we’re going to give our kids and grandkids for at least a generation. That’s the kind of election this is.” 

Picking up on a new line of attack launched by Romney at a Friday night rally in West Chester, Ryan cast the GOP team’s interpretation on a comment that Obama made in Springfield on Friday. After the crowd began to boo when Obama mentioned Romney’s name, the president said, “No, no, no, don’t boo — vote. Voting is the best revenge.” 

Ryan told the Marietta audience that Obama was “appealing to our lowest fears” by “ asking his supporters at a rally to vote out of revenge. Mitt Romney and I are asking you to vote out of love for country.”

The Romney campaign is airing a quickly prepared TV ad emphasizing the same point. 

It was Ryan’s 11th day of campaigning in Ohio since Oct. 1, easily more than any of the other candidates, and his second visit to southeastern Ohio coal country in the past 14 days. Romney campaign strategists believe that Ryan, a Catholic, appeals to blue-collar voters and is particularly effective in making a case that the Obama administration has been hostile to coal production. 

 “Right here in the heart of coal country, we’ve got so much energy in this state, in this country,” Ryan said. “Let’s use that energy in this state and in this country to put people back to work.” 

The Romney campaign’s message that Obama has waged a “war on coal” has gained a foothold across eastern and southeastern Ohio, evident on ubiquitous billboards and in radio ads, and by the “Ohio counts on coal” placards that Marietta audience members raised en masse. 

The Obama campaign has countered that coal-industry employment has increased in the past four years and that the president has invested $5 billion in clean-coal research, including at Ohio State University and the University of Toledo. 

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