JOHNSTON, Colo.–Just hours before voting starts, Paul Ryan stopped at a diner here, but didn’t give much away about how he was doing before what could be the biggest day of his life.
“I feel very good,” he told reporters as he stopped in at Johnson’s Corner, a truck stop diner famous for their large cinnamon rolls.
Ryan didn’t answer when reporters asked him if he has spoken to his running mate today, although he has said in the past they talk daily.
He also met a priest at the restaurant and he asked Father Greg Ames of a church in Northgenn, Colorado to bless his rosary, taking it out of his pocket.
Yesterday on a conference call with evangelical voters he said he always keeps a rosary in his pocket, he also said he and his family “pray throughout the day.”
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After visiting Johnson’s Corner he held a rally outside and he made sure to point out that the GOP ticket is “running a campaign” on the “principles that built this country” including “religious liberty.”
On the call with evangelical Leader Ralph Reed’s Faith and Freedom Coalition yesterday he also spoke about the issue, criticizing the president for the administration’s mandate that hospitals and other employers affiliated with religious groups provide insurance coverage for contraception.
“We should not have to sue the federal government to keep our constitutional freedoms,” Ryan said, referring to the Catholic Church’s lawsuit over the mandate.
“Imagine what he would do if he actually got reelected. It just puts a chill down my spine,” Ryan added.
Today, the GOP vice presidential nominee also reprised a line Mitt Romney has been using on the stump calling Obama’s campaign and administration, “the incredible shrinking presidency and the incredible shrinking campaign,” hitting his opponents on the tone of the campaign.
“It’s partly funny but it’s actually quite sad,” Ryan said.
Both campaigns have spent heavily in the battleground state dumping $69,551,600 on 114, 876 ads making it the state with the fourth highest spending according to Kantar Media’s Campaign Media Analysis Group, an ad tracking group. They have also campaigned in the state heavily, Ryan was just here yesterday as well as Thursday.
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Polls here in the Rocky Mountain state are very tight between Obama and Romney, but the most recent poll: A CNN/ORC poll from last week showed the president with a two point advantage, within the margin of error. Obama was at 50 percent support, while Romney was at 48 percent. The ABC News/Washington Post daily national tracking poll out today gave the president the same slim edge with 50 percent to 47 percent.
Ryan’s next stop on his five state, five stop, four timezone day is where the presidential contest begins: Des Moines, Iowa.