Paul Ryan claims town hall debate win for Mitt Romney

(CNN) — Mitt Romney’s running mate declared their ticket scored a win at Tuesday night’s debate while campaigning in the battleground of Ohio on Wednesday, October 17th.

GOP vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan said Romney “had a fantastic first debate… and last night — same thing.”

A CNN/ORC International poll of debate watchers found Romney overwhelmingly won the October 3 face off, while a Tuesday night survey found debate watchers were divided 46% for President Barack Obama, 39% Romney. The difference was within the sampling error of plus or minus 4.5 points.

Both sides claimed victory.

Campaigning on Wednesday, Ryan said that Obama had brought little substance to the debate.

“We saw a president offering not a single new idea on how to turn things around,” Ryan said. “We saw a president not offer a single idea or a lesson learned from the failures of the last four years.”

Romney’s showing, he said, stood in contrast to Obama.

“But what we saw in Governor Mitt Romney was a leader who has the solutions, who has the ideas of how to turn this economy around, how to get people back to work and how to get America back on the right track,” Ryan said.

He did not specifically refer to Romney’s response to a debate question on gender inequality — a response which sparked conversation in social media — but did say there was “a discussion about how women are faring in this economy last night.”

“Five and a half million women are still struggling for work in this economy,” he said. “A half million women more are unemployed today than when President Obama was sworn in. Twenty-six million women are trapped in poverty today. That is the highest rate in 17 years. We need to get people back to work.”

Obama travels to Ohio later on Wednesday for an evening campaign event, and earlier rallied in Iowa.

Ryan said Obama’s tactic in the election has been to “speak to our darker emotions of fear and of envy and anxiety.”

Romney, meanwhile, held events in Virginia.

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