DERRY — In stoking support for his running mate Mitt Romney at Pinkerton Academy yesterday, Vice Presidential nominee Paul Ryan had one message above all others: “We need your help Granite Staters!”
“A handful of states will settle this,” Ryan told an audience of supporters packed into the school’s gymnasium. “You have a tremendous responsibility and opportunity to talk to your fellow citizens and show them there’s a better path forward if we stick to our founding principles.”
The latest polls have Obama leading Romney by 3 to 7 percent among likely Granite State voters. New Hampshire is one of about a dozen so-called “battleground states” where the contest is close and is expected to be decided.
Ryan addressed the crowd prior to the kickoff of the state’s GOP convention next door and about an hour before Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker was scheduled to speak. It was Ryan’s third trip to New Hampshire since Romney picked the seven-term Wisconsin congressman and House Budget chairman to be his running mate.
In their own speeches, District 19 state Sen. Jim Rausch and Congressmen Charlie Bass and Frank Guinta hyped the upcoming election and called for the help of audience members as they pumped the crowd in anticipation of Ryan’s 9:30 arrival.
“Paul Ryan is going to be our next Vice President, but it won’t happen unless you convince your neighbors that Mitt Romney is the best choice to be our next President,” Rausch said. “It’s imperative that when Fox News starts showing red and blue states on Nov. 6, that New Hampshire shows up brilliant red.”
The theme of the rally was “Victory: Earn It” — an acknowledgement that grassroots volunteers will be key to delivering the state for either Romney or Obama.
“New Hampshire matters for the future of the country,” Guinta said. “I don’t want to wake up Nov. 7 and have to live with Obama for another four years. You’ve got to get out there and make phone calls and knock on doors and do whatever you can do.”