OWENSVILLE, Ohio (AP) -- Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan says President Barack Obama's administration sent mixed signals following a deadly attack at the U.S. consulate in Libya and made America appear weak.
"It is never too early for the United States to condemn attacks on Americans, on our properties, and to defend our values, that's what leadership is all about," said Ryan.
Speaking to hundreds of supporters Wednesday at the Clermont County Fairgrounds in southwestern Ohio, Ryan said he and Mitt Romney wouldn't show such weakness. He says it breeds "insecurity and chaos around the world."
Vice President Joe Biden was in the swing state earlier Wednesday and also focused his remarks on the attack that killed a U.S. ambassador and three more Americans. Biden says there's "no place in the civilized world" for what he calls such "senseless murder."
Polls have indicated a tight race with Obama slightly ahead in Ohio.
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