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Live Updates: Paul Ryan Visits West Springfield

The Republican vice presidential candidate is making several stops Friday in Virginia.

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Republican vice presidential candidate U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, Mitt Romney's choice for his running mate, is making a campaign stop at in West Springfield today. Patch will post live updates from the event as it starts.

If you're at the event today, you can upload your own photos by clicking on the upload button below the photo gallery. 

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.

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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.

4:13 p.m.: Ryan tells the crowd that raided Medicare to pay for "."

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 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 (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 is addressing the crowd at West Springfield High School as they await Paul Ryan.

3:18 p.m.: , 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  on Nov. 6.

3:10 p.m. After an invocation from Fairfax County School Board member , Springfield District Supervisor  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.

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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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Pat Miller August 18, 2012 at 02:43 AM
I'm still calming down from all the excitement at the rally today. My first time to one of these. It's nothing like tv. Loud cheering and happiness all around. Glad that all the warm-up speakers kept it short. Paul Ryan certainly knows what he is talking about and has more details on how to fix our country than any of the other three who are running. Two of your points were very interesting to me: 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. I had never heard Chris Perkins speak before. Wow. He's a great leader... his voice and cadence energizes people to follow him. Gerry Connolly may be in trouble. 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. I hope someone got a picture and the name of this guy. He wasn't just demonstrating. Seemed dangerously angry. I would be very careful around him.
Susan Larson August 18, 2012 at 03:04 AM
@Pat Thanks for sharing! There are two photos of this man in our photo gallery. Follow this link: http://patch.com/A-xcyc
Anonymous August 18, 2012 at 02:29 PM
Fairfax Underground identified the Obama supporter who briefly disrupted the rally as Bill White from Roanoke, a leader in the National Socialist Workers Party. Bill White identifies himself as a libertarian socialist. He even has his own Wikipedia page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_White_(neo-Nazi) From Wikipedia: White told the Roanoke Times that he is not a racist or Nazi, describing himself as a "libertarian socialist."[4] He admitted to being an antisemite: "I wouldn't be out here buying and fixing up houses if I had some agenda against the black community...The Jews, I despise. They hate me. I hate them."
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No, Fairfax Underground, that was not Bill White. ANSWP Commander Bill White was arrested in June and has been in custody since that time. He has a hearing September 12th in Roanoke.
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