Romney and Ryan Rev Up Supporters in North Carolina
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and his running mate Representative Paul Ryan of Wisconsin were met with cheers from the crowd at the NASCAR Technical Institute. There were 1,700 supporters inside the venue with another 4,000 waiting outside.
This will be the last event that the two will be attend together for now. The two will split up to cover more campaign grounds in the two weeks before the GOP convention in Tampa on August 27 to 30. Romney is set to go to Florida on Sunday night and Ryan will go to Iowa.
Travel schedules for both candidates are still in the works According to Romney senior adviser Kevin Madden, Romney and Ryan are likely to be campaigning on different states until the convention. It will extend the coverage of their campaign.
But no matter how many miles the two candidates are apart, their policy stances are the same. During appearances on talk shows Sunday, Republicans said that Ryan would bring new focus on the campaign. Ryan is the chairman of the House Budget Committee and is known as the architect of the sweeping plan that made cuts to federal programs.
Democrats agreed that naming Ryan as Romney’s running mate will change the dynamics of the presidential campaign. The Democrats have criticized Ryan’s budget proposals. Obama adviser David Axelrod said that choosing Ryan is a clarifying choice for the American people.
Romney needs to decide whether he agrees with Ryan’s budget proposal that would make cuts and overhauls the Medicare program. His spokesman Eric Fehrnstrom said that Republicans are willing to engage.
Former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty declined to comment on whether he was disappointed at not being selected for the vice president slot. He said that he is excited for the ticket. He said he will continue to support Governor Romney.