• Republican vice-presidential candidate Paul Ryan spoke out against the Chicago Teachers Union strike on Monday, saying he stands behind Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's opposition to the demonstration.

    "Mayor Emanuel is right today in saying that this teacher's union strike is unnecessary and wrong," Ryan said in Portland, Ore., according to a pool report transcript. "We know that Rahm is not going to support our campaign, but on this issue and this day we stand with Mayor Rahm Emanuel."

    More than 26,000 education professionals in the Chicago area did not attend work on Monday over a contract negotiation dispute with the Chicago Board of Education.

    President Barack Obama's administration declined to comment on the strike. Emanuel, elected mayor in 2011, was Obama's chief of staff from 2009 to 2010.

    Here are Ryan's full remarks:

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  • (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)Just hours after Chicago public teachers went on strike, Mitt Romney is trying to tie President Barack Obama to the controversial walkout, suggesting he's sided with teachers' unions over school kids.

    In a statement issued by his campaign, Romney says he's "disappointed" by the Chicago Teachers Union strike to "turn its back on not only a city negotiating in good faith but also the hundreds of thousands of children relying on the city's public schools."

    "Teachers unions have too often made plain that their interests conflict with those of our children, and today we are seeing one of the clearest examples yet," Romney said.

    While Obama has not publicly commented on the Chicago walkout, Romney tried to tie the president to the strike, pointing to a speech Vice President Joe Biden delivered to the National Education Association last year in which he reaffirmed the administration's "affection" and "commitment" to teachers.

    Echoing a line he frequently says in his stump speech, Romney said it's proof that Obama has put unions ahead of teachers.

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  • (Kayana Szymczak/Getty Images)Mitt Romney's campaign is downplaying President Barack Obama's jump in the polls after last week's Democratic National Convention and insisting the race has not dramatically changed.

    "Don't get worked up about the latest polling," Neil Newhouse, Romney's pollster, wrote in a memo distributed to reporters Monday. "While some voters will feel a bit of a sugar high from the conventions, the basic structure of the race has not changed significantly. The reality of the Obama economy will reassert itself as the ultimate downfall of the Obama presidency, and Mitt Romney will win this race."

    Newhouse's memo comes as a handful of national polls released over the weekend show Obama has pulled slightly ahead of Romney in the aftermath of the DNC. A Reuters/Ipsos poll released Sunday found 47 percent of likely voters were backing Obama, compared to 43 percent for Romney. Meanwhile, the Gallup daily tracking poll has Obama with a five-point lead over Romney, 49 percent to 44 percent.

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