Category: US Politics / October 15, 2012 1:38 PM EDT
Republican vice-presidential candidate Paul Ryan blasted U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday (October 15) over his plan to tackle the federal deficit and said the next generation faced a "diminished future" under a Obama administration.
"He's given us 4 years trillion dollar deficits. He had added almost more public debt than almost all previous presidents combined. Not only do we have a string of broken promises, not only do we have a string of a lack of leadership, this debt is not only hurting economy today, it is guaranteeing that these young kids - who are getting their halloween costumes, they are going to out trick-or-treating - have a diminished future," Ryan said.
Ryan was speaking at a town hall event in his home state of Wisconsin, a day before Mitt Romney and Obama face off in a second debate at New York's Hofstra University.
With Romney having virtually erased Obama's lead in national polls just three weeks before the Nov. 6 election, Obama is hoping to take advantage of the town hall-style format in Tuesday's debate to make a direct pitch to voters.
A new Politico/George Washington University Battleground poll of likely voters puts Obama a point ahead at 49-48 against his Republican rival, but Romney leads 50-48 across the battleground states.