Live Updates: Paul Ryan Visits West Springfield
The Republican vice presidential candidate is making several stops Friday in Virginia.
Republican vice presidential candidate U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, Mitt Romney's choice for his running mate, is making a campaign stop at West Springfield High School in West Springfield today. Patch will post live updates from the event as it starts.
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4:40 p.m.: The campaign rally has ended and the crowd is leaving West Springfield High School. Stay tuned for a full story and photo gallery from today's rally featuring U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan.
4:26 p.m.: Ryan says: "It's not too late to get this right and turn this around." Huge cheer from the overflow crowd as he leaves the stage at West Springfield High School in West Springfield.
4:21 p.m.: "We're going to champion small business with tax reform and regulatory reform," Ryan says.
4:18 p.m.: "We have got to stop spending money we don't have," Ryan tells crowd gathered at West Springfield High School for GOP rally.
4:08 p.m. A man attending a rally for GOP vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan just yelled and tore up a Mitt Romney campaign sign.
4:04 p.m. A huge roar greets Paul Ryan as he takes the stage at West Springfield High School.
3:59 p.m.: Former Democrat and Obama critic Artur Davis talks to the crowd, waiting to hear from Paul Ryan, Mitt Romney's running mate.
3:54 p.m.: After a 15-minute break, Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli is about to introduce Ryan. Cuccinelli is running for governor in 2013.
3:39 p.m.: Wolf tells crowd Obama administration has worst-ever record on human rights and religious freedom.
3:38 p.m. Large crowd at Paul Ryan campaign event at West Springfield High School. Some of the crowd were sent earlier to "overflow rooms."
3:30 p.m.: Congressman Wolf tells the crowd it's time for an administration that will stand up to China and advocate for the American worker. Wolf, who has served in Congress since 1981, ia a Vienna resident and co-chairs the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission.
3:24 p.m. Congressman Frank Wolf (R-10th) tells the crowd waiting for GOP VP choice Paul Ryan that Ryan is "an ethical, decent man." Wolf faces Democrat Kristin Cabral in November.
3:22 p.m.: Braddock District Supervisor John C. Cook is addressing the crowd at West Springfield High School as they await Paul Ryan.
3:18 p.m.: Chris Perkins, a decorated war vet and a Republican candidate for the 11th congressional District, is now addressing the crowd, waiting for Ryan. A Lorton resident, Perkins recently won the GOP primary and now faces Democrat Congressman Gerry Connolly on Nov. 6.
3:10 p.m. After an invocation from Fairfax County School Board member Elizabeth Schultz, Springfield District Supervisor Pat Herrity is handling introductions this afternoon at West Springfield High School. There's a large turnout for Ryan, who is making a campaign swing through Virginia today.
3 p.m.: A large crowd is gathered at West Springfield High School to hear from Ryan. The program is expected to kick off at 3:15 p.m.
A little bit about Ryan: The congressman is in his seventh term representing Wisconsin's 1st congressional District. In Congress, he serves as chairman of the House Budget Committee and as a member of the House Ways and Means Committee.
Ryan is a fifth-generation Wisconsin native, having been born in Janesville, Wis., on Jan. 29, 1970, according to Team Romney's Official Paul Ryan Bio. He graduated from Miami University in Ohio with degrees in economics and political science. He is married to Janna Little Ryan, a 43-year-old stay-at-home mom who previously worked as an attorney and lobbyist for Price Waterhouse Coopers in Arlington, Va., according to The Daily Beast. The couple has three children.
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