Paul Ryan

ML Schultze / Ohio Public Radio

CLEVELAND – House Speaker Paul Ryan – a Wisconsin Republican who went to college at Miami University – walked into the Ohio delegation breakfast Wednesday morning and told the delegates something they had yet to hear from any breakfast speaker during this convention.

Michael Keating

Before a fired-up, massive crowd that waited hours to hear him, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney told a crowd of 30,000 at West Chester’s The Square of Center Pointe that he represents “real change” and that he needs them to help him win the key state of Ohio Tuesday.


“Your state is the one I am counting on,’’ said Romney, who trails Barack Obama by a small margin in some Ohio polls.  “This is the state we have to win.”

President Obama, who suspended personal campaigning this week while he dealt with the aftermath of the storm that devastated large parts of the east coast, will return to the campaign trail Friday in the key battleground state of Ohio, where the polls show him in a dead heat with Mitt Romney.

There is no official word yet from the Obama-Biden campaign on re-scheduling the president's rally that was scheduled for this morning at Duke Energy Convention Center in Cincinnati. That was canceled by the White House Tuesday, but could well be re-scheduled.

Friday night - only three days before the election - Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan are bringing their campaign to Butler County, one of the deepest mines of GOP votes in the Buckeye State, for a rally in West Chester.

The rally - which also features the presidential candidate's wife, Ann Romney - will be at The Square at Unon Centre, 9285 Centre Point Drive, West Chester.

The doors open at 4:30 p.m., with the program set to begin at 7 p.m.

It is a ticketed event. Tickets are available at http://www.mittromney.com/ohio.

Former Cincinnati Bengals head coach Sam Wyche will be tail-gating with the Romney-Ryan "Commit to Mitt Early Vote Express" bus outside Paul Brown Stadium before tonight's nationally-televised Bengals-Steelers game.

Wyche is expected to join the Romney-Ryan bus, which is traveling the state promoting early voting for the GOP presidential tickets, at 5:30 p.m. in parking lot D near Paul Brown Stadium.

Wyche coached the Bengals from 1984 until 1991. He held the record for most wins by a head coach (64) until he was overtaken by Marvin Lewis, the current head coach, in 2011.

Hundreds of Paul Ryan supporters who came to hear the Republican vice presidential nominee speak, were also on the receiving end of a barbecue lunch.

The campaign speech at Lunken Airport was short but there was plenty of time to meet and greet afterwards as surprised supporters were told to get in line to eat Montgomery Inn barbecue. Paul Ryan served it up.

Paul Ryan, in line serving sandwiches, said, "Nice to see you. What's your name? " Colleen. "Hey, Colleen, Paul. Chicken or pork?"

GOP vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan stops at Cincinnati's Lunken Airport early Monday afternoon for a rally.

The event will take place at Landmark Aviation South, 358 Wilmer Avenue.

Doors for the ticketed event will open at 10 a.m.

Tickets are available until 6 p.m. Sunday at the Eastgate GOP Victory Center at 813 Eastgate South Drive; or by logging on to www.mittromney.com/OH.

Obama supporters will gather tonight at Molly Malone's, an Irish pub in Pleasant Ridge, to watch the 9 p.m. debate between Vice President Joe Biden and GOP vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan.

The event begins at 8:45 p.m. at Molly Malone's at 1611 Montgomery Road.

Inside Pitch reported yesterday on local Romney watch parties. You can read about them here.

Obama supporters will gather tonight at Molly Malone's, an Irish pub in Pleasant Ridge, to watch the 9 p.m. debate between Vice President Joe Biden and GOP vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan.

The event begins at 8:45 p.m. at Molly Malone's at 1611 Montgomery Road.

Inside Pitch reported yesterday on local Romney watch parties. You can read about them here.

While GOP vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan is debating Vice President Joe Biden Thursday night, Josh Romney - the middle of Mitt Romney's five sons - will be watching with young Republicans at a bar and grill in Oxford, where Ryan went to college.

Josh Romney is expected to attend a debate watch party with Miami University College Republicans at Brick Street, 36 E. High Street in Oxford. Ryan is a graduate of Miami University in Oxford. The Brick Street event begins at 8 p.m.

Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan literally rolled right into a Cincinnati steel company. His campaign bus drove into the warehouse.

GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney won’t be with vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan Tuesday for the Cincinnati leg of their three-day bus tour of Ohio.


A spokesman for the campaign said Romney will join Ryan later in the day in Dayton.


According to the campaign website, Ryan will hold a rally at Byer Steel Group, 200 W. North Bend Rd., Carthage, late Tuesday morning. Details on RSVPs for the event are expected to be released Sunday.

GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney and his running mate, Paul Ryan, will launch a three-day bus tour of Ohio Monday that includes a Tuesday event in Cincinnati.

The Romney-Ryan campaign has yet to announce details on the Cincinnati event - or any of the other stops on the tour.

It begins Monday in Lima.

Tuesday will include stops in Cincinnati and Dayton; and, on Wednesday, the GOP ticket will move on to events in Columbus, Cleveland and Toledo.

Ohio Sen. Rob Portman won't be the vice presidential candidate nominated at next week's Republican National Convention in Tampa, but he will be one of the opening acts Wednesday for the man who is to be number two on the GOP ticket, Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan.

Portman is scheduled to speak to the convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa Wednesday night, during prime time, and just after former Florida governor Jeb Bush.

Following Portman to the podium will be Columbus business owner Steve Cohen of Screen Machine Industries.

Tana Weingartner

Vice presidential hopeful Rep. Paul Ryan returned to his alma mater Miami University to rally support for the Romney campaign. Several thousand supporters cheered and waved American flags as he jogged to the podium.

The 1992 Miami grad called it good to back on campus.

“I spent a lot of my formative years here. I like my Skyline 5-way, turkey gobblers, cheese fries at Skippers, Bagel and Deli is still here for sure, right? Oh, I also went to school here,” he laughed.

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