Ryan visit brings national attention to Montrose

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MONTROSE, Colo. (KKCO) -- We are now less than 80 hours away from the 2012 presidential election.

Both candidates and their vice president running mates are continuing on the campaign trail today in key battleground states.

Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan’s travels led him to Montrose for a victory rally, shedding some national spotlight on the Western Slope town.

"Having a vice presidential candidate come to Montrose certainly gives us exposure that's helpful to the state," said Ken Eldred, who attended the rally.

About 58.5 percent of registered voters have already cast their ballots in Montrose County, but although many in the crowd already made their decision, they say Ryan’s visit brought some extra energy to the Republican effort with some fiery attacks on the president.

"At a time when we have a jobs crisis in America, wouldn't it be nice to have a job creator in the White House?" said Ryan during his speech.

He focused on one main theme throughout his talk: jobs. Ryan said the unemployment rate is higher now than the day President Obama came to office.

"What we are seeing today is that 23 million Americans are struggling to find work," Ryan said.

Ryan expressed his concerns that if given four more years, Obama would drive the U.S. into a debt crisis, “spending our children into bankruptcy,” he said.

The VP nominee reminded the crowd it still had four days to make a decision in this pivotal election.

"We are really deciding the course of this nation for the future and for the generations to come,” said Roger Fleming, a guest in the crowd.

Ryan also touched on the U.S. military, saying we have to have the strongest military the world has ever seen and it needs to stay that way.

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