Paul Ryan attacks Obama's handle on economy

Paul Ryan spoke to hundreds in Danville, Va. Wednesday. (Photo: WikiMedia Commons)

{ }The Republican vice presidential candidate rolled into battleground Virginia today. Paul Ryan fired up the faithful in Danville this morning and later in Arlington.

For a second day in a row, Ryan attacked President Barack Obama's stewardship of the economy, but today he declined to answer questions about Mitt Romney's secretly-taped remarks at a fund raiser.

Among many controversial remarks, Romney characterized 47 percent of Americans as reliant on the government and unwilling to take responsibility for their lives.

Tuesday, Ryan called Romney's remarks "obviously inarticulate." Today he did not want to elaborate.

Instead, the Romney-Ryan campaign sought to play turnabout on inconvenient recorded statements from the candidates' past.

Meanwhile President Obama appeared on David Lettermans's show Tuesday night, where he weighed in on the controversy over Romney's remarks.

"One of the thing's I've learned as president is, you represent the entire country," Obama said. "And my expectation is, if you want to be president you've got to work for everybody, not just for some."

Ryan spoke to hundreds of supporters under cloudy skies outside a two-acre machine shop near Danville. The city's once-bustling textile and tobacco economy has been devastated over the past 20 years.

Ryan noted coal mine closures announced Tuesday by Alpha Natural Resources and blamed it on Obama energy policies the same day Mitt Romney's campaign began airing a Virginia ad attacking Obama's "War on Coal."

The campaign also began touting audio of Obama remarks from 1998 in which he said he believed in wealth redistribution.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.{ }

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