As Democrats ready the start of their nominating convention in North Carolina, Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan was in the state on Monday going on offense against President Obama. The Post's Felicia Sonmez:

“He can’t tell you that you’re better off,” Ryan said. “Simply put, the Jimmy Carter years look like the good old days compared to where we are now.”

The Labor Day campaign stop marks Ryan’s third solo campaign event in North Carolina since Mitt Romney tapped him as his running mate last month. It comes ahead ofthe first day of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, where Republicans are planning to aggressively counter-program the Democratic confab with a message echoing the one Ryan delivered here on Monday.

(Sara D. Davis/AP)

Meanwhile, NBC News reports Ryan will embark Tuesday on a seven-day trip -- largely focused on fundraising -- that will take him though the states of Ohio, Iowa, Utah, California, Oregon and Washington.