Local supporters cheer on Paul Ryan
Vice Presidential hopeful Paul Ryan is on the campaign trail in Las Vegas. He's reaching out to voters in our important swing state, hoping to rally support for the November election. Video by ktnv.comvideo
About 500 protesters were in front of The Venetian during VP hopeful Paul Ryan's visit. Video by ktnv.comvideo
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Paul Ryan supporters cheered as the congressman took the stage at Palo Verde High School.
"It is great to be here in Nevada," Ryan said.
Hundreds stood shoulder to shoulder, snapping pictures and listening to Ryan's road map for change.
"Of all the places that need jobs that need home values to rebound it's Nevada," Ryan said.
Ryan's visit kicks off a local push for presidential hopeful Mitt Romney. Ryan, age 42, is an energetic father who connected with the crowd and families like the Petersons.
"We have escalating debt, I have to worry about these little guys," supporter Nathan Peterson said holding his son. "Can we pass the problem quickly or can we look for long term solutions?"
"It is our duty to save the American dream for our children and get this deficit and debt under control and stop spending money we don't have," Ryan said.
The congressman said he wants a stronger middle class and speedy economic recovery.
"Obama-nomics is not working and the recovery starts November 6th when President Obama is not working in the White House any longer," Ryan said.
Action News asked supporter Mike Malone why he attended the rally.
"He has different principals than the president and he has different ideas," Malone said of Ryan.
Those are ideas that speak to voters. For some people Ryan's visit was a confirmation that Romney-Ryan is right for them.
"I pray for our current president every single day, that God will either change him or get him completely out of office," Ryan supporter, Charity Berkey said.
Ryan's big appearance doesn't mean the Obama campaign is sitting quietly. This week is the campaign's "Week of Action" in Las Vegas. Obama supporters are holding town hall meetings and phone banks to help spread Obama's message for Nevada.
After Ryan's rally at Palo Verde, he went to The Venetian for a private fundraiser hosted by hotel owner Sheldon Adelson.
Not everyone was happy to see Paul Ryan in town today though.
About 500 protestors were outside of The Venetian. Among those that were present was the president of the American Federation of Government Employees.