Ryan capped a campaign swing through Michigan with a raucous rally at nearby Oakland University in the school's athletic center. He was preceded by many speakers, including GOP U.S. Senate candidate Pete Hoekstra, who aims to unseat Democrat Debbie Stabenow, and made-in-Michigan musician Kid Rock, who has been strumming for the Romney ticket.
"I'm very proud to say that we have elected our first black president," Rock said to scant applause as he introduced Ryan. "I'm sorry he didn't do a better job. I really wish that he would have, I really do."
Ryan said he's concerned that U.S. allies are seeing "a superpower in retreat" when it comes to foreign as well as domestic policies. He said that under the Obama administration, there has been more borrowing, spending, money-printing and taxing.
"It doesn't create more jobs, it does not create more prosperity," he said. "We've got to get off the path of copying European policies."
Associated Press writer Jeff Karoub in Rochester, Mich., contributed to this report.