Ryan, Biden make campaign stops in Ohio

Protester during Paul Ryan's speech
Protester during Paul Ryan's speech

OWENSVILLE, OH (FOX19) - Both vice-presidential candidates made campaign stops in Ohio on Wednesday.

GOP vice-presidential candidate Paul Ryan was in Clermont County. The event was held at the Clermont County Fairgrounds in Owensville.

Ryan made mention of Libya shortly after taking the stage.

"In the face of such tragedy, we need to be reminded that the world needs American leadership," he said.

Ryan was not backing down from attacks on Obama administration, though even some Republicans say it's too soon.

"The administration sent mixed signals to those who attacked our embassy in Egypt and mixed signals to the world. I want to be clear, it is never too early for the United States to condemn attacks on Americans on our properties and to defend our values," he said.

The biggest cheers came when Ryan said, "Our rights came from nature and nature's God, not from government! (cheers) That's the idea of America."

"We need your help Ohio. I gotta tell ya, this is it. This is the election we all know is the one that counts," he said.

One Ohioan on hand to help was Governor John Kasich, who Ryan called his mentor.

"I'm a disabled veteran and had my own business for 20 years and when the economy, when Obama took over, I closed my business because it was so bad. And I got a job and I got laid-off two weeks ago because the economy is just terrible," said Ken Huffaker, a Romney/Ryan supporter.

If the Republicans win, Wendy Driskill says "I hope a lot of change as far as the economy, fuel prices, the debt."

A protester unfurled a banner while Ryan was speaking, but Ryan continued talking to the crowd.

There was also a musical performance by John Michael Montgomery.

Meanwhile, Vice President Joe Biden spoke at a midday grassroots event in Dayton at Wright State University.

The Democrat also opened the rally with a message of mourning for those killed in Libya, saying it's a reminder of the dangers faced by U.S. diplomats abroad.

Biden says there's "no place in civilized world" for such "senseless murder."

Biden spoke to hundreds of people at the southwest Ohio school.

He says the Obama administration is committed to economic growth through a fair tax structure that puts more money into middle-class pockets.

Polls have indicated a tight race with Obama slightly ahead in Ohio.

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