Parking was at the Hamilton County Fairgrounds. Shuttle buses weaved through miles of residential neighborhoods, and after entering the Byer Steel recycling plant in Carthage, a ten minute bumpy, winding, gravel and dirt road through small mountains of indistinguishable scrap. Then entering the warehouse at the end of the manufacturing site, people walked a hundred yards through isles of neatly stacked rebar that had been heated and pounded from recycled railroad track.
The rally for Vice Presidential hopeful Paul Ryan last Tuesday morning was held in the middle of the warehouse in space cleared for 800 seats and a makeshift stage. A country rock band played working man, hard hat music. Portable lighting and good sound system was in place. All Ryan, and local politicians, such as hamilton County Commissioner Greg Hartman, Rep. Steve Chabot, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, and congressional hopeful Brad Wenstrup needed was an enthusiastic crowd. They got that too.
The large Romney/Ryan “ More Jobs, More Take Home Pay” campaign bus rolled into the warehouse to roars and cheers.
Ryan was introduced by Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, who warmed up the crowd by asking if anybody in the warehouse still believes that Obamacare is unconstitutional. The crowed erupted, "Yes." He said that nothing burns him up so much as seeing the American flag burned in the Middle East.
Before taking questions from the faithful, Ryan reading from notes asked if anyone had watched the Packer game the night before. “I mean... give me a break. It’s time to get the real refs back. And, you know what? It reminds me of President Obama and the economy. If you can’t get it right, it’s time to get out. I half think that these refs work part time for the Obama Administration in the budget office.”
Ryan challenged the Obama administration, "If you see a problem, solve the problem. Don’t blame other people.”
Ryan said the Obama administration was on a “regulatory binge.” Byer Steel owner Burke Byer said earlier in the rally that government regulations were hurting manufacturing companies like his.
Pointing to a large sign on one wall of the factory, brought in for the rally, that ticked up the national debt; Ryan said that Washington was on a “borrowing and spending binge.” He also said that he and Gov. Romney will attack the root causes of poverty and break the cycle of poverty, not just treat the symptoms of poverty.
The candidate was asked about the "erosion of religious liberty.” His answer brought the crowd to its feet cheering.
The Obama campaign welcomed the Romney and Ryan campaign to Ohio with a new TV ad on Monday. It's a shot at Romney's refusal to release tax returns from before 2010, coupled with a dig over his reference to 47 percent of Americans paying no taxes, being dependent on government, and not taking personal responsibility for their lives. The ad says that 47 percent includes veterans, the elderly, the disabled. "Maybe instead of attacking other people on taxes Romney should come clean on his,” the ad says.
Ryan did not address Romney’s “47 percent” comment, but did say he and Romney will provide opportunity for “everybody.”