MIAMI - Vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan made a campaign stop at Little Havana's Versailles Restaurant Saturday morning to rally support for the Republican ticket.
The event was supposed to take place outside the SW 8th Street location, but organizers were forced to move it inside due to bad weather. The rain also delayed Ryan's arrival, which had been set for 9:25 a.m.
Florida Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen introduced Ryan to the crowd in Spanish, just after 10 a.m.
The Wisconsin Congressman spoke for about ten minutes, starting with the importance of clamping down on the Castro regime, saying President Obama's "policy of appeasement is not working."
"In a Mitt Romney administration, we will not keep practicing this policy of appeasement. We will crack down on this brutal dictator," said Ryan. His statements were met with applause and cheers.
Ryan also spoke about the unemployment rate among Latinos and restoring the promise of a better life for immigrants. "In this country, it doesn't matter who you are, where you come from, where or under what circumstances you were born, you can make the most of your life," said Ryan.
The Wisconsin Congressman criticized the President's recent statements to Univision, in which he said he cannot change Washington from the inside. Ryan told the crowd "if this president has admitted he can't change Washington, then you know what, we need to change presidents!"
Ryan also said that President's failed leadership has caused the U.S. to fall further into the debt crisis and expanded poverty.
Before wrapping up his speech, he encouraged people to help get the country back on track by voting for the GOP ticket in November.
Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, former Congressman Lincoln Diaz-Balart, and current Congressman Mario Diaz Balart were also in attendance.
Ryan is scheduled to make a campaign appearance at the University of Central Florida in Orlando Saturday afternoon.
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