NORTH CANTON, Ohio -- Like much of the rest of the country, California is on a downward trajectory, beset by high taxes and fleeing businesses and squandering its precious resources. That’s according to many politicians, but also to Patricia Heaton, the actress best known for her role as Ray Romano’s wife, Debra, on "Everybody Loves Raymond," and the ABC sitcom "The Middle."
Appearing at a rally Friday for Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan, Heaton stepped out into the frigid fall air in an orange down jacket and introduced Ryan.
"I get the pleasure of introducing our next vice president,” she said. “I have to tell you, backstage I didn't recognize him with his shirt on. And I did wear orange not only because I'm a Browns fan, but I was afraid Paul would have his shotgun. I just wanted to make sure he knew I was here and where I was standing. Didn't want to get any buckshot."
Heaton, who is from Cleveland, made a few jokes about the Cleveland Browns and about her large Catholic family, which is “giving those Mormons a run for their money.” Her father was a sports writer for the Cleveland Plain-Dealer, and is in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in nearby Canton.