Vice presidential hopeful Paul Ryan spoke to an audience of 2,000 in Lima Monday.
LIMA — Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan told the nearly 2,000 supporters at the Veterans Memorial Civic and Convention Center in Lima on Monday that Americans “are beginning to give up hope” on the economic recovery.
“People are beginning to give up hope. People are beginning to think that the American Dream’s not for them because of this stagnant economy. And when you take a look at what your government’s doing to you in every nook and cranny of America, it’s not good,” Ryan said during the town hall meeting.
Ryan’s visit to Lima was the first stop on a bus tour across Ohio. Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney’s running mate used President Barack Obama’s plan of deep military cuts and his proposal to shut down the Joint Systems Management Center, an Allen County employer of 800 and the only tank plant in the country, to get the crowd’s attention.
“Look, Lima, I know you understand when you have a president who has proposed again and again to shut down this tank factory — the only one we have — over a budget gimmick,” the Wisconsin lawmaker said. “If we keep doing this, if we keep showing that the only thing we want to do is gut our military, that projects weakness abroad. And by projecting weakness abroad, our adversaries are so much more tempted to test us and our allies are so much less willing to trust us.”
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