GOP VP candidate Paul Ryan speaks at Carthage campaign rally

CINCINNATI - There's an air of excitement building at the Byer Steel warehouse in Carthage.

Hundreds of people filed past steel beams and reinforcing steel to take their seats for a campaign rally of Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan, who is set to speak at 11:30 a.m.

Parking was so limited on the site off West North Bend Road that everyone attending the event had to board shuttle buses at the Carthage Fairgrounds to get to the event.

A hole had to be cut into the fence on the rear of the Byer Steel property to let buses through from the parking lot of Caldwell Park.

From there, it was a bumpy ride over dirt roads past scrap steel, bundles of recycled metal and steel beams waiting for transport.

Once at the back of the building, attendees were screened, then had to walk 100 yards through steel waiting to be sold.

Ryan is expected to talk about the economy and foreign policy -- issues that are on the minds of many members of the crowd.

Fort Wright resident Doug Wilcox said he believes the Romney/Ryan team will create jobs in America and do a better job than President Barack Obama on issues involving Iran and Syria.

Later in the day, Ryan will join Romney for a joint appearance at the Dayton Airport.

It's just another indication of the importance of Ohio in the upcoming election.  Romney was most recently in Cincinnati on Sept. 1 for a rally at Union Terminal.

President Obama is in Toledo and Akron on Wednesday.  He was just in Cincinnati last week for a rally at Seasongood Pavilion in Eden Park.

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