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Want to know Paul Ryan’s favorite new line?
“This Catholic deer hunter is guilty as charged.”
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Update: Want the latest Ohio poll?
45-45 (with Romney ahead by TWO votes in sample)
Undecideds are “in control.”

Now, check out this photo (and article) from the Washington Post:

Washington Post photo – from 15 photos at Powell, Ohio rally for Romney and Ryan. CLICK IMAGE to see the entire slide show.

From a first-person report on the Ohio rally, “ROMNEY, RYAN IN OHIO: A FIVE POINT PLAN TO INVIGORATE THE ECONOMY”:

POWELL, Ohio — Saturday before dawn, thousands began finding their seats at the Village Green Park Amphitheatre in my small city of Powell, Ohio. The 8:30 a.m. rally with Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan would be the first time they would appear together in Ohio, and their last major rally before the RNC Convention in Tampa. … (continued below)

Here’s another fantastic photo, below the fold, along with quotes from the Washington Post and an especially important section on ROMNEY’S APPEAL TO FEMALE VOTERS from the Wall Street Journal article:

Here’s more from the first-person report on the Ohio rally begun above.

[Romney] elaborated on a five-point plan to invigorate the economy: energy independence; improving the education system for our children and our workers; taking advantage of trade globally to open new markets and export our goods, while stopping China’s cheating; cutting and capping federal spending, and getting on track to have a balanced budget; and, being the champion for small business to grow and create jobs.

Romney specifically stated that he wants to help women, who are more likely to start a small business, to have the tools needed to open and grow small businesses. He emphasized that he knows that jobs come from small businesses and his administration would make it easier to open and run a business in this country. For Powell especially, this is important as we have many solopreneurs and small businesses in our city who are struggling under the regulatory environment brought on by government bureaucracies.

Throughout Ohio, Romney’s message is applicable and vital. For those in the Appalachians who lack the educational opportunities to stop the cycle of government dependence, Romney’s plans for education would mean a better chance for their children. For the unemployed in northeast Ohio who used to work in manufacturing, but whose skills are not up-to-date for the technology sectors that are booming in Ohio, Romney’s plans would mean the opportunity to gain the necessary skills to fill an open job in the tech field. For the business owner who works. …

The Washington Post article is more realistic, but has some fascinating sections:


Obama won Ohio by five percentage points in the 2008 general election, and if Romney is to win the state this November, he will need to energize voters in places such as Delaware County, where Powell is located; Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) carried the county with 59 percent of the vote four years ago.

In seeking to draw a contrast between Obama and the GOP ticket, Romney and Ryan pointed to newly released economic data and seized on remarks made by the president on the campaign trail in recent weeks, as well as four years ago.

Ryan, who took the stage here before Romney, cited a report released this week by the firm Sentier Research showing that annual median household income has dropped more steeply during the economic recovery than during the recession itself.

“Family income — we just saw some new, really ugly statistics this morning about how the middle class has been hit so hard in the last three-and-a-half years,” Ryan said. “Family household incomes have gone down by more than $4,000 in the last four years. Under Mitt Romney’s leadership, when he was governor of Massachusetts, they went up by $5,000.”

He and Romney slammed Obama yet again for his “you didn’t build that” remark at a Roanoke, Va., campaign rally, and Ryan also reprised a line he has employed at recent campaign events in Pennsylvania and Michigan, telling the crowd that “this Catholic deer hunter is guilty as charged.”


Now, here’s the section from the Wall Street Journal article that I want all of you to see — it describes how Romney is reaching out to women. From “In Ohio, Romney Campaign Touts Family Values, Record in Appeal to Women“:

In a pitch to women in Ohio Saturday, Mr. Romney tapped the only selling point he’s offered female voters: That he’s better for their pocketbooks.

“We want to help you,” Mr. Romney said, directly his comments toward female entrepreneurs. “Women in this country are more likely to start businesses than men. Women need our help.”

He later expanded on that point, saying, “I want to speak to the women of America who have dreams, who begin businesses in their homes, who begin businesses out in the marketplace, who are working in various enterprises and companies: I want you to be successful.” …

Enjoy! I’m cleaning … but will be checking in! Wish the convention had started already. Can’t wait for Ann Romney on Tuesday night.