NORTH CANTON, Ohio — Paul Ryan jumped on a Mitt Romney talking point today stressing that China is not a fair trading partner, something the top of the ticket consistently mentions on the campaign trail. However, Ryan went a step further at a rally here Wednesday saying that while the president promised to “go to the mat” with China, the country instead treats Barack Obama like a “doormat.”
“Free trade is a powerful tool for peace and prosperity but our trading partners need to play by the rules,” Ryan said to cheers at Walsh University. “And this challenge focuses on China. They steal our intellectual property rights. They block access to their markets. They manipulate their currency. President Obama promised he would stop these practices. He said he’d go to the mat with China. Instead they’re treating him like a doormat. ”
Standing behind a sign that read “The Romney Plan,” Ryan promised his ticket would not “let that happen.”
“Mitt Romney and I are going to crackdown on China cheating,” Ryan said dressed his now-signature blue shirt and khakis. “And we’re going to make sure that trade works for Americans. Make things here, sell them there. Grow things here, sell them around the world. It creates jobs.”
He mentioned their job creation plan saying they would create “12 million jobs in the next four years” and 452,000 jobs in Ohio alone.
“We can get this economy growing like it should at four percent,” Ryan said. He did not further elaborate on how those jobs would be created or how he came up with the specific figure. A Ryan aide did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the number.
Ryan told the boisterous crowd of thousands at the Catholic university that their campaign “will offer specific ideas, specific solutions that get this country back on track” so that they can “earn victory” and “deserve victory.”
“We will have the moral authority, the obligation, the contract, the covenant, and the mandate to do what needs to be done to get this country back on track,” Ryan said.
He also couldn’t resist a jab at his opponent Joe Biden when he bounded on stage here.
“It’s great to be here in North Canton or as Joe Biden might say it’s great to be here in Nevada!,” Ryan said to laughs.
Earlier in the week, the vice president was in Virginia, but mistakenly told the crowd, “We can win North Carolina again!”