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GOP VP nominee rallies Southside supporters in Danville

Republican vice-presidential nominee Paul Ryan drew a crowd of hundreds to the Danville Victory Rally held at Piedmont Precision Machinery on Wednesday morning. 

The Wisconsin Congressman’s theme was “hard work, not redistribution, built our economy.”

In his remarks Wednesday, Ryan said, "President Obama said that he believes in redistribution. Mitt Romney and I are not running to redistribute the wealth. Mitt Romney and I are running to help Americans create wealth. 

“Efforts that promote hard work and personal responsibility over government dependency are what have made this economy the envy of the world," the vice presidential candidate said rallying the crowd.

With 48 days left before the election, Ryan acknowleged Virginia is receiving quite a bit of attention from both parties these days.

"You notice we kind of come around here fairly often," he said.

Wednesday marked Ryan’s second day in a row of campaigning in the swing state appearing at a victory rally at Christopher Newport University in Newport News Tuesday afternoon.

It also marked the 10th event he has attended in the commonwealth in the past eight days.

With the debt clock ticking in the background Wednesday morning, the blue-jean, boot-clad vice presidential nominee told the crowd the key to future prosperity begins with cutting the country’s debt that is crippling job growth and economic prosperity for regions such as Southside.

Fifth District Congressman Robert Hurt earlier that morning had echoed that same theme when he introduced Ryan.

"I am Robert Hurt and I am proud to represent Virginia's 5th District - where Thomas Jefferson and Patrick Henry made their homes.  It is also home to the Blue Ridge Mountains and home to Southside, Virginia -- where textile mills and furniture factories in places like Danville and Martinsville produced the highest quality goods in the world and employed tens of thousands of Virginians.  

"But in the last 25 years, we have seen hard times.

"So four years ago when then-candidate Barack Obama came to Martinsville and promised to make things better, the people I represent listened to him – and the people I represent remember what he said.  President Obama said then that if he were elected: ‘I'll wake up every day in that White House thinking about those people in Martinsville.’   

"On the day he was sworn in, the unemployment rate in Martinsville was 15 per cent.  During the last four years, Martinsville's unemployment rate has been up to 21 percent, and today it stands at 16 percent.  As I travel across Virginia's 5th District, the folks I represent ask me now: ‘Where are the jobs the president promised four years ago?’  

"I think that is a good question:  Mr. President - where are the jobs???,” Hurt asked.

"And now he wants another four years. Friends, with unemployment in Martinsville at 16 per cent and with national unemployment at over 8 percent for more than three years, it is clear that we can't afford another four years of this president's policies,” Hurt said.

For that reason, the 5th District congressman told the crowd he is proud to support Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan as the team with a serious plan for securing America's future.  

“Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan understand that the only way to create jobs in places like Martinsville and Danville - in Virginia - and across our country is to make it easier for our Main Street businesses and our farming families to succeed; Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan understand that the only way to create jobs is to promote a common-sense domestic energy policy; and Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan understand that the only way to create jobs is to have a federal government that live within its means - for the sake of our children and grandchildren,” Hurt continued.

He urged those attending who know people who are undecided in this race - whether they are Independents, Democrats or Republicans, to share the following message with them:

* "If you use gasoline, and you are tired of higher prices at the pump – you should be voting for Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan;

* "If you use electricity, and you are tired of higher power bills - you should be voting for Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan;

* "If you buy groceries, and you are tired of higher grocery bills - you should be voting for Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan;

* "If you pay taxes, and you are tired of higher tax bills - you should be voting for Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan;

* "If you don't have a job and are tired of struggling to provide for your family - you should be voting for Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan; 

* "If you have paid into Medicare and Social Security, and you are tired of politicians threatening your retirement - you should be voting for Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan; and

* "Finally, if you believe that it is just plain wrong to hand off a massive $16 trillion debt to our children and grandchildren and - you should be voting for Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan.”