SWANTON, Ohio — Mitt Romney's administration on Day One would approve a pipeline that would run from Canada to U.S. refineries in Texas, creating thousands of jobs and pushing America on its way to energy independence, Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan said Monday.

Ryan told supporters during his third trip to swing state Ohio in the last two weeks that there are enough energy resources for North America to become energy independent within eight years.

"We need to unlock the energy we have in this country to create jobs," he said.

Ryan blamed President Barack Obama for standing in the way of the Keystone XL pipeline and pushing too many environmental regulations that have cost jobs in the coal industry, a thorny issue for the president in southeast Ohio, where coal has a large footprint. He said similar control by Washington has hampered manufacturing growth throughout the Midwest, including Michigan and his home state of Wisconsin.

Obama earlier this year objected to the Keystone XL pipeline's proposed 1,179-mile route over environmental concerns, suggesting that the pipeline should go around a sensitive aquifer in Nebraska. But Obama encouraged the company to pursue a shorter project from Oklahoma to the Gulf Coast.

Approving the entire pipeline would get people back to work in construction and factories, Ryan said.

The Wisconsin congressman said coming up with new energy sources, improving job training programs and removing bureaucratic barriers will go a long way in helping Ohio, Michigan and other industrial states that have lost jobs over the last four years. He told supporters at a late-afternoon private fundraiser in the Detroit suburb of Pontiac that pro-growth, anti-regulation policies of a Romney administration would also improve the fortunes of the manufacturing industry, which has lost hundreds of thousands of jobs during the past few years.

"We know a very healthy auto economy is healthy for America," he said.

Ryan capped a campaign swing through Michigan with a raucous rally at nearby Oakland University in the school's athletic center. He was preceded by many speakers, including GOP U.S. Senate candidate Pete Hoekstra, who aims to unseat Democrat Debbie Stabenow, and made-in-Michigan musician Kid Rock, who has been strumming for the Romney ticket.

"I'm very proud to say that we have elected our first black president," Rock said to scant applause as he introduced Ryan. "I'm sorry he didn't do a better job. I really wish that he would have, I really do."

Ryan said he's concerned that U.S. allies are seeing "a superpower in retreat" when it comes to foreign as well as domestic policies. He said that under the Obama administration, there has been more borrowing, spending, money-printing and taxing.

"It doesn't create more jobs, it does not create more prosperity," he said. "We've got to get off the path of copying European policies."

___

Associated Press writer Jeff Karoub in Rochester, Mich., contributed to this report.

Also on HuffPost:

Loading Slideshow...
  • Where Have You Been (Rihanna)

    US Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney (L) shakes hands with his running mate Wisconsin Representative Paul Ryan in front of the campaign bus prior to each boarding their own campaign airplanes at General Mitchell Airport in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, August 12, 2012. (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/GettyImages)

  • Happy Together (The Turtles)

    WAUKESHA, WI - AUGUST 12: Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and vice presidential candidate and Wisconsin native Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) (L) greet supporters during a campaign event at the Waukesha Expo Center on August 12, 2012 in Waukesha, Wisconsin. (Photo by Darren Hauck/Getty Images)

  • Right By My Side (Nicki Minaj, Chris Brown)

    Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, left, listens to his vice presidential running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan R-Wis., as they campaign Sunday, Aug. 12, 2012, in High Point, N.C. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

  • Only Wanna Be With You (Hootie & The Blowfish)

    WAUKESHA, WI - AUGUST 12: Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and vice presidential candidate and Wisconsin native Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) (L) hug after speaking at a campaign event at the Waukesha Expo Center on August 12, 2012 in Waukesha, Wisconsin. (Photo by Darren Hauck/Getty Images)

  • I Cry (Flo Rida)

    WAUKESHA, WI - AUGUST 12: Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney (R) looks on as his running mate Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) wipes away tears during a homecoming campaign rally at the Waukesha County Expo Center on August 12, 2012 in Waukesha, Wisconsin. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

  • You're My Best Friend (Queen)

    Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, left and running mate Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., talk in the campaign bus before an event at the Waukesha county expo center, Sunday, Aug. 12, 2012 in Waukesha, Wis. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

  • Wouldn't It Be Nice (The Beach Boys)

    WAUKESHA, WI - AUGUST 12: Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and vice presidential candidate and Wisconsin native Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) (L) greet supporters during a campaign event at the Waukesha Expo Center on August 12, 2012 in Waukesha, Wisconsin. (Photo by Darren Hauck/Getty Images)

  • I'll Stand By You (The Pretenders)

    Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, right, and his newly announced vice presidential running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., left, greet supporters, during a campaign rally in Manassas, Va., Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

  • Two Tickets To Paradise (Eddie Money)

    Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, right, and vice presidential running mate Rep. Paul Ryan R-Wis. are joined by Ronmey's granddaughter Chloe while talking to reporters on the charter flight between Virginia and North Carolina, Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

  • We Found Love (Rihanna)

    WAUKESHA, WI - AUGUST 12: Republican vice presidential candidate and Wisconsin native Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) (L) wipes away tears as he and presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney greet supporters during a campaign event at the Waukesha Expo Center on August 12, 2012 in Waukesha, Wisconsin. (Photo by Darren Hauck/Getty Images)