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Ryan in Iowa: 'We are going to win'


DES MOINES, Iowa – Holding his third event on the eve of the election, Paul Ryan briefly stopped in the same city where he held his first solo rally as Mitt Romney’s running mate nearly four months ago. This time, he told Iowans the GOP ticket will “win” on Tuesday.

“That is the kind of leadership we need right now: Common sense leadership, get things done, stop blaming people, and don’t try to transform this country into something it was never intended to be,” said Ryan, speaking inside an airport hangar at the Des Moines International Airport. “That’s who we are. That’s why we need your help. That’s why we have momentum. That’s why we are going to win. And that’s why we only have one more day before we get us on the right track.”

The Republican vice presidential nominee first appeared in the battleground state of Iowa just two days after he was added to the ticket. Ryan spoke at the popular Iowa State Fair on Aug. 13 – his first event campaigning without Romney. Monday’s evening rally marked Ryan’s twelfth in the state.

While national polls show a neck-and-neck race for the White House, President Barack Obama leads Romney here in Iowa, which has six electoral votes up for grabs. According to the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist poll, Obama is up by six points.

Ryan, who is hitting five battleground states the day before the election, had a welcome response in Iowa’s state capital a few miles down the road from where Obama is holding his final campaign event tonight.

“Look we’ve kind of gotten to know each other these last few months here, haven’t we?” Ryan told the crowd. “The hospitality that Iowans have shown this Wisconsinite, I just want to thank you from the bottom of my heart. I want to thank you so much.”