GREENVILLE, N.C. – Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan spoke Monday at East Carolina University as the Democrats were preparing for their national convention a few hundred miles away in Charlotte.
Ryan spoke about his perception of the president, saying Barack Obama has failed as a leader and Mitt Romney would be much stronger in turning the economy around.
"This is a defining moment,” said Ryan. “The president can not tell you that you are better off, and if we want to improve things then how would hiring the same administration accomplish that?"
Ryan said he and Romney have a plan to create jobs that incorporates getting people from welfare to work.
"It's about getting people out of poverty -- back to the middle class and back to a life of self sufficiency," Ryan said.
Ryan compared Obama's record to that of one-term president Jimmy Carter, saying Carter's era was the “good old days” compared to what's happened in the last four years.