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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan says the idea that Mitt Romney would raise taxes on the middle-class is a misperception being spread by negative ads from the Obama campaign.

Ryan was asked by a supporter during a campaign stop Wednesday in Columbus, Ohio, to dispel the notion. The Wisconsin congressman says he and Romney have cut taxes in the past and plan to continue to do so if elected.

Ryan joined 11 supporters over dinner at an Italian restaurant on Columbus' east side. The event gave Ryan an opportunity to display his fiscal know-how, with questions on the federal debt, taxes and President Barack Obama's health care law.

Meanwhile, Vice President Joe Biden has been campaigning in Nevada, where he urged voters to get to the polls as soon as early voting begins to help make sure Obama carries the swing state again. Early voting begins Saturday in Nevada.

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