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VIDEO REPORT: Paul Ryan Back In Janesville Monday For Rally

UPDATED Monday, August 27, 2012 --- 4:02 p.m.
by Tim Elliott

Congressman Paul Ryan is scheduled to speak in Tampa at the Republican National Convention on Wednesday but Monday morning, he was in his hometown of Janesville.

Hundreds gathered for a send-off party at Craig High School to wish Ryan good luck!

After being introduced by his brother Tobin, Ryan received a warm welcome from family, friends and neighbors.

“Hello Janesville! it's good to be home!” Ryan said as he took the mic.

“I think Paul Ryan does excite things more,” said Kate Connelly from Whitefish Bay. “I think he's just got so much energy and he's so passionate,”

Ryan addressed his supporters at a send off rally at Janesville Craig High School.

“He's all the things you look for in a Wisconsin grown kid.,” said Jeff FitzRandolph from Madison.

Ryan told the crowd the stakes couldn't be higher for the upcoming election.

“We have a big choice to make,” he said “We're not just picking the president for a few years, we are picking the pathway for America for a generation,”

Ryan said right now, the country is headed in the wrong direction.

“It's a nation in debt, in doubt, and in decline,”

But he said under a Romney/Ryan administration, things will get back on track.

“It's not too late to get this right,” he told the crowd. “It is not too late to get our spending under control, our budget under control, to clean up the mess in Washington, and to get people back to work,”

Ryan spoke for about 20 minutes in the gym. However he was interrupted once by a protester. The protester was quickly escorted out and Ryan didn't miss a beat.

He went on and touted Mitt Romney's record as governor of Massachusetts. He also spoke highly of Romney as a person.

“He's a man of faith, honor, family, and achievement,” said Ryan.

And these supporters heard his message loud and clear.

“And I feel like he's honest and trying to make things go better,” said Connelly.
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“They want to grow the middle class and to make sure we have prosperity for years to come,” added FitzRandolph.

Ryan will travel to Tampa on Tuesday.
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UPDATED Monday, August 27, 2012 --- 12:10 p.m.

Ryan touts Midwestern values at Janesville rally

JANESVILLE, Wis. (AP) -- Paul Ryan says he's forever grateful to the people of Janesville, the city his family has called home for five generations.

The Republican congressman received a raucous ovation Monday when he walked into the gym at the Janesville high school from which he graduated in 1988. More than 1,000 supporters gathered to give him a festive send-off before he heads to the Republican National Convention in Florida.

Ryan says his family came to America because of what this country stands for. He says Washington needs to learn that government works for the people, not the other way around.

One of the attendees was Jeff FitzRandolph, a 64-year-old retired printer from Verona. He says he's excited about the Mitt Romney-Paul Ryan ticket because they have a plan to fix the country.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.

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UPDATED Monday, August 27, 2012 --- 12:10 p.m.

1,000 supporters ready to give Ryan loud send-off

JANESVILLE, Wis. (AP) -- About 1,000 supporters of Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan have crammed into a Janesville high school gym. They're preparing to give Ryan a hometown send-off ahead of the Republican National Convention.

Many are wearing blue Romney-Ryan T-shirts. Several dozen are wearing foam cheeseheads that say Romney-Ryan on the side.

Ryan is expected to give brief remarks at the Monday rally.

The gym has an atmosphere of a pep rally. High school cheerleaders are lined up near the stage, and hand-painted signs stretch across the walls. Loudspeakers are blaring songs such as U2's "Where the Streets Have No Name," and Hall and Oates' "You Make My Dreams Come True."

About 40 protesters have gathered outside the school holding signs such as "Rep. Ryan: Not on my Side."

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.

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UPDATED Monday, August 27, 2012 --- 9:10 a.m.

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan will head to Florida a day later than expected to accept his party's nomination.

Aides to the Wisconsin congressman confirmed Monday that Ryan will fly to Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday.

GOP officials already have trimmed the convention by a day, to three days, because of the threat from Tropical Storm Isaac. The storm was veering northwestward over the Gulf of Mexico on Monday. It was expected to become a hurricane and possibly hit the Gulf region late Tuesday.

Ryan was in his hometown of Janesville, Wis., on Monday to speak to students at his former high school.

He planned to spend the rest of Monday working with aides before heading to Tampa to address the convention on Wednesday night.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.

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UPDATED Monday, August 27, 2012 --- 7:15 a.m.

JANESVILLE, Wis. (AP) -- Paul Ryan is returning to his old high school in Janesville for a send-off rally ahead of the Republican National Convention.

Ryan was named Mitt Romney's running mate two weeks ago. Republicans delegates will make the Romney-Ryan ticket official at the convention, but first Ryan supporters will see the congressman off at a Wisconsin rally.

The event will be held Monday at Joseph A. Craig High School in Janesville. That's the same high school that former Democratic U.S Sen. Russ Feingold attended.

After the rally, Ryan heads to Tampa. The convention there has already been shortened from four days to three because of weather problems caused by Tropical Storm Isaac.

Convention officials plan to convene briefly on Monday, then recess until Tuesday when the storm is expected to have passed.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.

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