Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan is in Virginia today, headlining campaign rallies in Henrico County and Fairfax County. This caps a busy seven days of presidential politics in Virginia, where Ryan was introduced last Saturday as Mitt Romney’s running mate. Last night, Ryan headlined a Romney campaign fundraiser in Richmond.
Ryan’s return to the Old Dominion comes on the heels of Vice President Joe Biden’s campaign swing through Southside and Southwest Virginia, which included Biden’s controversial remark in Danville that continues to make headlines. Biden’s remark that Romney’s economic plan would “put y’all back in chains” has been condemned by Republicans and by former Virginia Gov. Douglas Wilder. And a Radford baker has become something of a celebrity after turning down a request from Biden’s advance team to host the vice president on Wednesday.
As the campaigns gear up for the national party conventions, the tone of the campaign is becoming increasingly caustic. That will be a topic of discussion on NBC’s “Meet the Press”this Sunday when Gov. Bob McDonnell, the chairman of the Republican Governors Association, will square of with Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, the chairman of the Democratic Governors Association.
– Michael Sluss