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September 29. 2012 6:20PM

Ryan, others pound away at Obama at Derry gathering


Republican Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan spoke at a rally at Pinkerton Academy in Derry Saturday morning, focusing on the Republican plan to turn the economy around. (ADAM SWIFT/union Leader Correspondent)

DERRY — Touting Mitt Romney as the right choice for hard economic times, Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan urged New Hampshire voters to get out the vote on Nov. 6.

Ryan spoke to a packed gymnasium of supporters at Pinkerton Academy on Saturday morning, hitting Barack Obama on the economy and delineating a clear choice between the Romney/Ryan ticket and the current administration.

“We have a choice to make, and Mitt Romney and I give you the choice,” said an upbeat and animated Ryan. “There is a very clear choice between two different futures. It's not too late to get it right and turn the economy around and secure the promise of America that our parents secured for us.”

Ryan hit on national defense and repealing Obamacare, but for the majority of his speech, the focus was on the economy and Romney's qualifications to turn the economy around.

The reelection of Obama would result in a continuing stagnant economy and foster dependency on the government. Ryan said the Republican ticket would work to get more people out of poverty and into the middle class.

Ryan contrasted Romney's record as governor of Massachusetts with that of Obama as President.

He noted that under Obama, average annual household income has a dropped by $4,000, while household income rose in Massachusetts by $5,000 while Romney was governor.

“He treated people respectfully and reached out across the aisle,” Ryan said. “He balanced the budget without raising taxes. That is the type of leadership we need.”

Ryan said the country needs to grow and build more products to sell overseas with trade arrangements that work for the United States.

“My father used to say that if you're not part of the solution, you're part of the problem,” said Ryan. “President Obama is part of the problem, and Mitt Romney is part of the solution.”

Prior to his speech, Derry state Senator Jim Rausch and U.S. Reps. Frank Guinta and Charlie Bass praised Ryan and urged supporters to educate their friends, neighbors and other voters about the Romney/Ryan ticket with 38 days left to the general election.

“I don't want to wake up on Nov. 7 and live in a country where Barack Obama is President for another four years,” said Bass. “America needs new leadership in Washington and that starts right her in the great state of New Hampshire.”

Guinta noted that during his first term, he worked on the Congressional budget committee along with Ryan.

“Each day he goes to work, he thinks about you and how we can improve the economy,” he said. Guinta said Ryan has the ability, wisdom and passion to help turn the country around.

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Adam Swift may be reached at aswift@newstote.com.


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