Paul Ryan in North Carolina

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August 22, 2012. Raleigh, North Carolina.. Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan held a campaign rally at SMT, Inc., a metal fabrication factory, where he railed against the Obama economic plan and spelled out how his and Gov. Romney's plans would differ if elected in November.
  • August 22, 2012. Raleigh, North Carolina.. Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan held a campaign rally at SMT, Inc., a metal fabrication factory, where he railed against the Obama economic plan and spelled out how his and Gov. Romney's plans would differ if elected in November.

Generally speaking, vice presidential candidates are thought of as the presidential ticket's attack dog.

GOP Congressman Paul Ryan, controversial architect of deficit-reducing federal budget plans, was just that when he made a campaign stop in Raleigh Wednesday, taking shots at President Obama on the economy, healthcare and Medicare. His stop comes days after presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney tapped the Ayn Rand devotee as his running mate.

"The president inherited a difficult situation when he came into office," Ryan told a crowd of several thousand fired-up conservatives—mostly white, mostly graying—at the Raleigh facility of sheet-metal fabrication company SMT. "Here's the problem, he's made things much worse."

Ryan used the afternoon stop in the Tar Heel state, one of many key swing states in the upcoming presidential election, to highlight the differences between the Romney and Obama camps, touting Romney as a business-savvy, bipartisan leader and the president as a bitterly partisan, irresponsible spender.

Most North Carolina polls, aside from the left-leaning Public Policy Polling, show the GOP nominee holding an ever-so-slim lead on Obama prior to the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte next month.

Catch the full story of Wednesday's Ryan rally in next week's Indy.

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