Key Points from Paul Ryan's Speech in Grand Junction
KREX News Room
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.- Paul Ryan addressed Western Slope voters inside Colorado Mesa University's crowded Brownson Arena Monday night.
The vice presidential candidate spoke mostly on job creation.
"Job growth in September was slower than August; August was slower than July. None of these months are we even producing enough jobs to keep up with the growth in our country's population," said Ryan.
"I'm a businesswoman, and what I want is not government help. A lot of us don't want government help," explained Rose Pugliese, the Republican candidate for Mesa County Commissioner District 3.
"If there's one thing we have got to do we have got to stop spending money we just don't have," added Ryan.
However, the Romney-Ryan plan to partially do that by privatizing Social Security has some worried.
"I think it's important that we keep our promise to our seniors. My parents have paid thousands into Social Security over their lifetimes," said Jared Wright, Republican candidate for House District 54.
Ryan also emphasized energy development during his speech. He promised voters that if Romney is elected in November they will institute the Keystone pipeline.
"Both Texas and Colorado have a strong influence and passion for agriculture and energy, and agriculture depends on good energy policy," said Texas Commissioner of Agriculture Todd Staples.
"We can fool ourselves all we want to, but that's what grows Western Colorado," added Republican Ray Scott, representative for House District 55.
"We can bring down the price of energy. We can bring down the price of gas and electricity. We can put people back to work, and we can stop sending our money to the Middle East," said Ryan during his speech.
The Republican vice presidential candidate drew crowd reaction with that promise, but where he and Romney's campaign is seen as weak is when it comes to diplomacy.
That is something the Republican Party is working on improving by speaking out against how the Obama administration has handled the attacks in Libya.
"This administration, after panicking, said some things that they wish they could walk back," explained Republican Sen. Steve King of District 7.
Monday night's third and final debate gave voters a detailed look at each candidate's foreign policy plan.