Iowa can be a tough state for politicians who are less comfortable meetin-n-greetin, cheesin-n-squeezin and all that jazz. Paul Ryan is right at home in Iowa being their neighbor to the North and sharing their mid-western sensibilities. Today, Ryan has a few stops in the Hawkeye State before moving on to Colorado later tonight:
Appealing to football fans of all stripes, vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan said he and his running mate are offering more than just a “well-founded critique” of the president, but ideas for reinvigorating the economy. “We can do this. This is within our grasp,” the Republican congressman told a crowd of 1,300 outside a sporting goods store here. “So Council Bluffs, Cornhuskers and Hawkeyes and everybody in between – even Packer fans and Badgers because I see a few of you here in the audience. OK, maybe four – we can do this. We can get this country back on the right track.”
Next stop Sioux City
After giving a 12-minute speech that was well received by the mix of Iowans and Nebraskans, Ryan departed for Sioux City. The program there begins at 3:45 p.m. at Bev’s on the River, 1110 Larsen Park Road, in Sioux City.
Republican early voting up
Republicans in Pottawattamie County are doing better this year with voter participation than four years ago. The county is overperforming 2008 by nearly 9 percent on in-person early voting, as well as absentee ballots requested and cast, said Romney’s Iowa campaign spokesman, Shawn McCoy.
Vice President Joe Biden attracted about 450 to a rally at the same casino and shopping complex on Oct. 4, a Thursday.