BRISTOL, Va. - Vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan, along with his wife and three children, stopped in Bristol, Virginia Thursday.
With less than two weeks to go before Election Day Ryan hit on several major topics during his speech, including one that hits close to home, coal.
"This war on coal is going to end when we elect Mitt Romney the next president of the United States. I can guarantee you that," says Ryan.
Universal Fibers hosted the vice presidential candidate. Ryan had the chance to tour the facility, then talked about the importance of small businesses and their role in job creation.
"Small businesses are the backbone of the economy. If we want good jobs, if want to get people back to work, we've got to get behind small businesses," adds Ryan.
The talk about small businesses led Ryan to another topic, taxes. He says the Romney/Ryan campaign is against taxes that burden small businesses, "When we tax our businesses at much higher tax rates than our foreign competition tax theirs, then win we lose. We can't afford to do that."
With Virginia a swing state in the upcoming election Ryan emphasized the important role Virginia voters play, "This is the most important election in a lifetime no matter what generation you come from. We're not just picking a president for four more years; we are picking the destiny, the trajectory, the path of this country for at least a generation," adds Ryan.
After his visit to Bristol Paul Ryan headed to Charlottesville, Virginia for a rally Thursday afternoon.
The Romney/Ryan campaign will continue stops in the commonwealth with Mitt Romney holding rallies in Richmond and Virginia Beach this weekend.