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Paul Ryan at Green Bay-area event: 'We need leadership'

CREATED Sep 12, 2012 - UPDATED: Sep 12, 2012

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GREEN BAY - Vice Presidential Candidate Paul Ryan made another appearance in his home state on Wednesday.

"Mitt Romney and I understand what's going on in this economy," said Ryan in a talk about that very subject at a talk in front of supporters at the Cornerstone Community Ice Center near Green Bay.  "We need leadership."

The urgency of the moment, he said, gave him "all the more reason to stand with Mitt Romney."

Ryan began his remarks asking for a moment of silence for those killed in the attacks in Egypt and Libya.

Ryan says the attacks that killed four Americans are "outrageous." He says, "This is outrageous. Our hearts are heavy and our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families."

He also says, "This is a time for healing. It's a time for resolve. In the face of such a tragedy, we are reminded that the world needs American leadership."

Ryan was introduced by Gov. Scott Walker, who promised that for the first time since he was in high school and Ryan was in middle school, Wisconsin would vote for a Republican for president. The last time that happened was in 1984.

On Tuesday, he made surprise visits to first responders in Oak Creek and Air National Guard troops in Milwaukee.

This was to be his first town hall meeting as a Vice Presidential candidate.

The Green Bay area is seen as a "swing" area in voting. 

President Barack Obama won five counties in and around Brown County in the 2008 Presidential election, but in recent elections, they have move toward the Republican side.

Romney is making a stronger play for Wisconsin since selecting Ryan, a Janesville native, as his running mate.

Polls before the pick showed Obama with a lead but the most recent ones done in mid-August show the race is nearly even.

Ryan's visit is sandwiched in between two by Democratic Vice President Joe Biden.

He was also in Green Bay last week and planned to host a rally at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire on Thursday.