Paul Ryan holds rally at MSP Airport

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Thousands of people greeted Rep. Paul Ryan Sunday, in what Republican staffers told KARE 11 was the biggest rally for the Republican Vice Presidential candidate yet.

Up to 10 thousand people packed into an airplane hangar at MSP International airport -- hundreds more waited outside -- for a rally that some say proves Minnesota is in play on Tuesday.  At least one recent poll shows President Obama's lead in the state within the margin of error.

The Wisconsin representative delivered a speech that touched on several party-specific points, including decreasing taxes on small businesses, open enrollment for schools and increasing take-home pay.  Ryan argued the country can't afford another four years under President Obama.

"We're nine million jobs short of what he said we'd get if we just borrowed all this money and spent it on the stimulus. I got to tell you, we cannot handle four more years of this, we need only two more days to get our country back on the right track," Ryan said.

Those who attended the rally welcomed the attention and message.

"Minnesota is finally in play.  We're finally going to go Republican this year," said John Hauge of Woodbury.

Kevin Thompson brought his 13-year-old daugher, Sasha, to the event.

"Hopefully, we're looking for a change and getting things back on track," Thompson said.

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