Paul Ryan visited Lakewood High School in Jefferson County, Colo. on Tuesday, where the supporters were gathered in anticipation of hearing the presumptive Republican vice presidential candidate speak.
More than 2,000 people attended the rally, according to Rick Searle, an officer at the Jefferson County sheriff’s office who could hear cheers echoing from the gymnasium at the front entrance of the high school.
Ryan heralded the importance of utilizing American energy resources before speaking on the economy, budget deficit, and Barack Obama’s presidential record.
“We need to make sure we use our own energy because we have our own energy,” Ryan said. “You have it all in Colorado.”
Sarah May, 18, who plans to attend the Univ. of San Diego in the fall and once considered a future in the health care profession, said that she was hoping to hear about the Romney/Ryan health care plan, but Ryan did not mention it in his remarks.
Lizzy Stephan, 23, Britt Landis, 23, and Emily Andrews, 28, registered for the campaign event under the names Ziggy Zygote, A. Fertilized Egg, and Fertilized Egg respectively. “We wanted to see if we could get in with these tickets,” Landis said, pointing to “A. Fertilized Egg” in the name box on her ticket. The group sat through Ryan’s event after testing what they called “his extreme views on personhood.”
Anna Grey, who is six weeks too young to vote in the Nov. 6 presidential election, was “totally excited” about Mitt Romney’s pick of running mate.
“She’s been an avid campaigner since she was, what, eight years old?” Anna’s mother, Deanne Grey, said while waiting in line to enter the school. Paul Ryan’s “solid conservative values” excited the Grey family for the morning event, Ryan’s first in Colorado since being announced as Romney’s running mate on Saturday.
Before stepping into the national spotlight, Ryan has planned on being in Colorado for a family vacation the very day of his campaign stop, and mentioned the state’s famous peaks. “I’ve been climbing 14ers for over 20 years here,” he said.