Politics & Elections
4:11 pm
Sun October 21, 2012

Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan campaigns in Council Bluffs

GOP Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan says former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney would be a successful, bipartisan leader.

Ryan spoke to a crowd of more than 1,000 supporters Sunday in Council Bluffs. His campaign stop came before President Obama begins a two-day tour of three states Wednesday in Davenport.

Ryan says Mr. Obama’s policies on health care and energy have hurt the U.S., something he says a Romney presidency would change. "We don’t want a government takeover of health care, we don’t want a raid of Medicare, we don’t want the Keystone pipeline canceled and oil going to China, we have energy in this state, in our country, we want to use that energy in our state, in our country, to create jobs and get people back to work."

Ryan says Mr. Obama’s administration has saddled the country with too much debt and wants to raise taxes.

Danny Kanner, a spokesman for President Obama’s campaign, says the Romney/Ryan agenda is “a middle class tax hike to pay for $250,000 tax cuts for multi-millionaires and a jobs ‘plan’ that independent economists agree would do nothing to create jobs and could slow our recovery. That’s why they deny the existence of President Obama’s detailed plan for a second term.”

Kanner says that plan includes training new teachers and creating new incentives to keep jobs in the U.S.