Paul Ryan Johnson’s Corner
Republican vice-presidential nominee Paul Ryan speaks Monday, Nov. 5, 2012 at Johnson's Corner. ( Kathryn Scott Osler, The Denver Post)

JOHNSON'S CORNER — Colorado's long dance with the national political candidates in 2012 ended Monday with one last sashay at a famed truck stop in northern Colorado.

GOP vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan spoke to a crowd of about 1,500 supporters outside the Johnson's Corner truck stop, where he bought two dozen of the restaurant's famous cinnamon rolls before taking the stage. It was his 12th rally in Colorado this year, according to Denver Post tallies, and it is the last one scheduled by a candidate on a major-party presidential ticket before Election Day on Tuesday.

"One. More. Day," Ryan said upon taking the stage.

In the speech, Ryan largely reprised his message from those numerous rallies. He criticized President Barack Obama for running a campaign that Ryan said spent too much time criticizing GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney.

"The president is closing his campaign in a very small way," Ryan said. "It's the incredible shrinking presidency and the incredible shrinking campaign."

He touted Romney as someone who is adept at fixing problems and said Romney would work with both parties in Washington to balance the budget and improve the economy. Ryan said he and Romney would also boost domestic energy production and improve the trade balance.

"Mitt Romney and I are seeking to earn your vote," Ryan said. "We are asking for your vote out of love of country."

That last sentence was a jab at Obama, referencing a statement Obama made at a campaign rally when he responded to supporters' booing at the mention of Romney and his proposals by saying, "Don't boo, vote. Vote. Voting is the best revenge."

"That is about as small and petty as it gets," Ryan said,

Later in his speech, Ryan encouraged supporters to "talk to those people who thought hope and change sounded good but now they just see attack and revenge."

"Let's leave it all on the field," Ryan told supporters. "This is the time, Colorado."

Ryan's speech Monday capped a flurry of campaign rallies in Colorado — 10 since Nov. 1 by members of the Republican and Democratic tickets — and it came a day after he addressed 2,000 cheering supporters at the Douglas County Fairgrounds in Castle Rock.

Also Sunday night, Obama spoke before about 20,000 supporters at the Community College of Aurora, telling them that Romney would lead the country backward.

"We know what change looks like, and what he's selling ain't it," Obama said. "Changing the facts when they're not convenient to your own campaign, well that's not change."

Polls show the presidential race in Colorado essentially tied, and both sides are eager to squeeze ever possible vote from the state. In figures released Monday morning by the Colorado secretary of state's office, Republicans lead Democrats in ballots cast early, 624,788 to 590,417. Unaffiliated voters have cast 474,437 ballots.