Ryan: Romney will hit Obama in debates

Republican vice presidential candidate, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis. speaks during a campaign stop at Walker Manufacturing in Fort Collins, Colo., Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012. AP Photo/Ed Andrieski

Republican vice presidential candidate, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis. speaks during a campaign stop at Walker Manufacturing in Fort Collins, Colo., Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012.
AP Photo/Ed Andrieski
(CBS News) FT. COLLINS, Colo.-- At a town hall here Wednesday, at least one person was anxious enough about the upcoming presidential debate to ask vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan about how Republican nominee Mitt Romney would perform?

Would he pack a punch and take it to Obama?

"Absolutely," Ryan said, responding to a woman who said she was concerned after watching GOP presidential nominee John McCain debate Obama in 2008. "One little difference between then and now, President Obama has a record and President Obama has a record and a string of broken promises."

Ryan said that the Republican ticket owes the electorate alternatives to the policies of the last four years. Recent polls have shown Romney trailing Obama is several key swing states, sparking criticism that the campaign has not offered sufficient details of its alternative vision.

"We are not simply asking you to fire Barack Obama because he's not worth re-hiring," Ryan said. "We're asking you to fire Barack Obama because we are worth hiring because we have better ideas."

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