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Paul Ryan Speaks To Supporters In Colorado

LAKEWOOD, Colo. (AP) – Mitt Romney’s running mate is blasting President Barack Obama for running a negative campaign.

Wisconsin congressman Rep. Paul Ryan spoke Tuesday in a packed gymnasium at Lakewood High School, his first public appearance in Colorado since being picked by Romney.

Ryan said Obama can’t run on his record so he’s going negative, adding “We’ve gone from hope and change to attack and blame.”

The fitness buff also talked about going hiking, skiing and fishing in Colorado on vacations.

Romney is spending the day campaigning in Ohio, another key swing state. Romney publicly praised his running mate’s work as necessary to protect the long-term survival of Medicare, the government-run health insurance program for the elderly.

Ryan also held a private fundraiser on Monday in Denver.

VIDEO: Watch Ryan’s complete speech in Lakewood

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