In Eau Claire, Ryan tells supporters to keep the faith
EAU CLAIRE (AP) -
Republican vice presidential nominee Paul
Ryan, entering the final week of the race for the White House, urged
supporters Wednesday not to give up even as he has adopted a
fight-the-good-fight, pep-talk tone in recent days.
"When we wake up a week
from this morning, let's make sure we did everything we could," Ryan
said. "Let's make sure that we honor our forefathers and we honor the
American idea. Let's make sure that we elect leaders."
Ryan's standard campaign
speech has taken on an aura of urgency as of late, with the Wisconsin
congressman telling voters they should work hard lest they have regrets
the morning after the Nov. 6 election. Sometimes sullen and at other
times sunny, Ryan has been urging increasingly large crowds to take
action now or regret their idle hands.
"What is it we want to see?
We already know," Ryan said Sunday in Marion, Ohio. "We know that if
President Obama got another term, it's nothing more than four more years
of the same."
Ryan's aides say he remains upbeat on the prospects of Romney and Ryan capturing the White House.
Yet his comments at times betray that swagger.
"It is not too late to put
our country on the right path," Ryan said Monday in Fernandina Beach,
Fla. "It is not too late to put the right reforms in place for a real
But it's up to voters.
Ryan began his day
Wednesday with a thousand strangers in Eau Claire, Wis., before a flight
to Green Bay. From there, he planned two more stops and a drive to
Janesville to see his children for Halloween.
"Did we do everything that
we can do? Did we talk to those independents and those Democrats?" Ryan
asked supporters in Green Bay. "Did we talk to those people who know
we're on the wrong track?"
The rigors of campaigning
have been hard on Ryan, from early mornings and late nights to living in
hotel rooms and eating unhealthy foods. Gone are his long workout
sessions in the Capitol gym, replaced by lackluster hotel workout rooms.
In recent days, Ryan has
interrupted his speech to cough or clear his throat. His three children,
ages 7 to 10, are occasionally with him on the road but more often in
school in Janesville, Wis.
It's easy to understand why
Ryan is ready for this to be over. Even so, he's not always dour when
talking about the day after this campaign ends.
"We can all wake up the
next day, on Nov. 7, and look at the TV screen and see we have to wait
four more years for change, or nine more days from now. We can do this,"
Ryan said Sunday in Findlay, Ohio. "Nine more days and then the next
day we will wake up and see that we've elected a real leader to lead us,
a man you will be proud to call our president."