Paul Ryan speaks at Universal Fibers — which government didn’t build.
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With polls this close, Frye said, a couple hundred votes could turn the election — a fact that’s proven reality before in statewide races. While he doesn’t doubt Virginia’s 9th Congressional District will see a Republican majority in 2012, he anticipates a sizeable percentage of Democratic voters also.
“I can’t single out one region,” he said. “I think it’s just the turnout in general is going to decide the election.”
The Obama-Biden ticket hasn’t yet made an appearance in far Southwest Virginia this year, though Obama visited Roanoke (site of his “you didn’t build that” remarks) and Biden made a stop in Wytheville — both areas of the 9th District that are east of the state’s coal region. Their absence from the far Southwest this year has led some to believe that they’ve written it off.
“I think they see the writing on the wall,” said Joyce Kistner, chairwoman for the Bristol, Va., Republican Committee.
Romney spokesman Sean Fitzpatrick said Romney will win Virginia for two reasons: the harm that’s been done to the state’s coal industry and defense cuts that have impacted Virginia’s military facilities.
But it was clear Thursday that neither campaign had given up the state. While Ryan spoke in Bristol and Charlottesville, Obama visited the state capital of Richmond. Romney plans another swing through the state this weekend, with Biden planning stops in Virginia Beach and Lynchburg.
The polls still call Virginia a toss-up, though this week’s Rasmussen poll gave a slight edge to Romney, with 50 percent to Obama’s 48 percent. The RealClearPolitics average of Virginia polls has Romney ahead in Virginia by 1.5 percentage points.
At Universal Fibers, Ryan spoke Thursday about the need to make things easier on job-creators and promote a future focused on economic growth. He held up Universal Fibers, a small business that grew and went global, as an example of the success that could be multiplied if regulations aren’t used in lieu of legislation, government lives within its means, and business tax rates are competitive.
“For these job creators…we’ve got to give them the ability to go and invest,” Ryan said. “We’ve got to give them the confidence that the government isn’t going to pull the rug out from under them.”
He also asked voters to keep basic American principles in sight Nov. 6.
“We are an idea, that’s what our country is,” Ryan said. “America is an idea. It’s a country founded on an idea, and Thomas Jefferson said it better than anyone else could: Our rights, they come from nature and nature’s God, not from government. We are sovereign. The government works for us, and not the other way around. That’s what this country is built on. That’s who we are. That’s the genius of America.”
“We will not kick the can down the road,” he promised. “We will not run away from our country’s problems; we’ll run at our country’s problems. We will not blame other people for the next four years; we will take responsibility and clean up this mess in Washington. And we will not try to transform this country into something that it was never intended to be.”
Universal Fibers CEO Marc Ammen had another message for Obama: People know that government didn’t build their success.
“All these years, I thought you actually built his company, and then I got this information from our president that actually Washington, D.C. built our company,” he said to the employees in the crowd, to a chorus of boos.
“I’ve got a message for Washington, D.C., and I’ve got a message for Barack Obama: You didn’t build this. You actually got in the way. I hope that, Washington, D.C., you can hear that loud and clear because if you don’t hear it now, you’re going to hear it a week from Tuesday…. This company was built by these folks right here.”
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