Thousands Rally With Ryan
VP Nominee Says 'Ideas' Key To Race
Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, the Republican nominee for vice president, speaks during a Romney-Ryan "Victory Rally" at the Rockingham County Fairgrounds Friday afternoon. Photo by Nikki Fox / DN-R.
People gather in support of Paul Ryan, the Republican nominee for vice president, during a Romney-Ryan "Victory Rally" at the Rockingham County Fairgrounds Friday afternoon. Among those speaking to the crowd before Ryan, who represents Wisconsin's 1st Congressional District, were Del. Tony Wilt, R-Broadway, Del. Steve Landes, R-Weyers Cave, state Sen. Mark Obenshain, R-Harrisonburg, and Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Roanoke. Photo by Nikki Fox/ DN-R.
William Moyer of Churchville waits with a large crowd of supporters for U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, the Republican nominee for vice president, to appear for a Romney-Ryan "Victory Rally" at the Rockingham County Fairgrounds Friday afternoon. Fairgrounds officials said about 3,100 people attended the rally. Photo by Nikki Fox / DN-R.
Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney tapped Ryan, who represents Wisconsin’s 1st District in the House of Representatives, as his running mate last month.
Ryan's message to Valley Republicans was that attacks on President Barack Obama’s policies would not be enough to turn the election in he and Romney’s favor.
“It’s not enough to criticize our political adversaries,” Ryan said. “We also owe you solutions. We owe you ideas.”
Ryan spoke at a “victory rally” at the Rockingham County Fairgrounds. It was the first visit by Romney or Ryan to the area, although both have traveled the state frequently in recent weeks.
A parade of local Republicans, including Del. Tony Wilt of Broadway and Sen. Mark Obenshain of Harrisonburg spoke before Ryan, who was joined on the campaign bus and then introduced to the crowd by 6th District Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Roanoke.
“No matter what generation you are in,” Ryan said, “this is the most important election of your generation.”