Paul Ryan is making himself pretty well known to the voters in Richmond. He has come to Richmond more than any other place in the country, so it is no surprise that his first stop after the convention was here in the Commonwealth.
For the second time, we spoke with Rep. Ryan one on one. We pressed him on his plan for Medicare and his attacks on President Barack Obama's approach. We also talked about looming defense cuts and his take on the tone of the race.
You can see our interview with Ryan tomorrow at 6pm on NBC12. We will post the entire interview on Decision Virginia at that time as well.
Meanwhile during his event today, Ryan stuck to the Romney campaign playbook. His speech was what we've come to expect, aside from one new addition, the Romney/Ryan campaign plane.
Here is my story for NBC12:
It has become his favorite stop on the campaign trail. Vice Presidential nominee Paul Ryan was back in Richmond and this time he was riding in style.
His new ride is DC-9-30. It is actually a bit smaller than the plane the Ryan team had been flying on up until this point, but this new plane is decked out in the campaign's colors and it made a dramatic entrance this afternoon.
It was a boiling hot day, on a hot tarmac, with very little shade and almost no breeze, but when Ryan arrived, no one seemed to care. The optics was made-for-TV perfect, but the speech was very similar to what we have heard from the candidate for the last three weeks on the campaign trail.
"Moments like this you need leadership, you need principled leadership. Guess what?” Ryan asked. “That is exactly what Mitt Romney is."
Ryan's high praise for the man who made him an overnight celebrity doesn't impress democrats. Newport News Congressman Bobby Scott called Romney's leadership in Massachusetts a failure.
"He increased the debt did nothing for job creation and business growth and raised fees and taxes on the middle class," said Scott.
Ryan told a much different story at RIC. He pointed to Romney's business success, his turnaround of the Salt Lake Olympic Games and his record as governor as a reason why he is the kind of man America needs.
"(Romney is) a person with a vision for the country, and a person with the leadership skills to execute and accomplish that vision,” said Ryan. “Friends, that is Mitt Romney in a nutshell!"
But it's that vision for the country that scares Richmond Mayor Dwight Jones.
"Mitt Romney has two sets of rules,” Jones said. “(Rules for) those who are rich and powerful and those who are like everybody else."
An argument the Romney campaign flatly refutes.
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