RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan is pitching the GOP ticket as one focused on serious solutions in the face of opponents "appealing to our lowest fears."
Ryan's most recent visit to battleground Virginia consisted of a brief rally Saturday at an airport hangar, his chartered jet just outside the open door. Hundreds chanted "three more days" — the time left until Election Day.
Ryan said that Romney's experience in business and government makes him best suited to handle the country's economic problems.
The Republican ticket has concentrated heavily on Virginia to help flip a state that Democrats won four years ago. Mitt Romney was scheduled to return to the area on Sunday and again on Monday.
President Barack Obama was campaigning farther north later Saturday. The state's 13 electoral votes are at stake.
"We all love this country, whether you're Republican, Democratic or independent," the Wisconsin congressman said. "We love this country. We've got serious problems in this country. That requires serious solutions. In order to put serious solutions in place you need to elect a leader."
Ryan accused Obama of waging a campaign based on small things and not the big problems facing the country. "Now, he's appealing to our lowest fears," Ryan said.
He said Obama hasn't delivered on his pledge to change the culture in Washington.
"In 2008, President Obama made lots of grandiose promises. Remember hope and change? Remember how he'd bring people together?" Ryan asked.
Ryan appeared with Virginia's Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell, U.S. Senate candidate George Allen and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor.
Cantor predicted a Romney win by a wider margin than many expect. "We'll prove once and for all that Virginia is not a swing state. Virginia is a common sense, conservative Republican state," he said.
Some ardent Republicans, though, are on edge.
"It's still going to be too close to call. I'm hoping obviously that Romney and Ryan win because he's just driving the country into ruin, Obama is," said Rick Qualy, a retired Army sergeant major who lives in Chester. "We're just hoping for the best. If Obama wins there's not much we can do but put up with it — and go out and buy another gun and maybe a couple thousand rounds of ammo because that'll be outlawed soon too."