(08/14/12) - The team looking to defeat President Obama split up once again on the campaign trail Tuesday. While Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney was stumping for votes in the battleground state of Ohio, his running mate, Paul Ryan, got an equally warm welcome from supporters at a campaign stop in Colorado.
"You make the commitment to make sure I win, and together we're going to take back this country and keep it the hope of the Earth," Romney said.
"We will not let them distract us. We will not let them divide us," Ryan said.
The Romney camp wants voters to know the ticket is unified.
"I think with any ticket, with any personality, you have differences. You have differences in viewpoints, you have different ways of handling things, but I think 100 percent they're on the same page," said Romney campaign senior communications adviser Tara Wall.
Our local Republican lawmakers in Washington agree. Congressman Dave Camp says Mitt made an excellent choice. "Paul is a tireless advocate for the policies we need to strengthen our economy and help restore the American Dream. Together, they provide the vision, inspiration and know-how to get America working again, fix Washington by cutting wasteful spending, and reduce our national debt."
But Democrats say Ryan's policies are the wrong ones for the country.
"He voted for all the Bush economic policies in the last decade, for the two unpaid wars, two unpaid tax cuts skewed to the wealthy," said Obama campaign manager David Axelrod.
Congressman Dale Kildee shares those sentiments, saying, "For nearly 14 years I have served with Paul Ryan in the House of Representatives. His extremely rigid ideological views are a matter of record. His selection as Mitt Romney's running mate reinforces that the Romney agenda is to end Medicare as we know it, cut Social Security and provide more tax cuts for millionaires while cutting programs for the middle class."
Now that the VP announcement is over, Romney and Ryan will continue to campaign up until the Republican National Convention, which takes places in Tampa, Florida the last week of August.