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Ryan stumps in Fredericksburg
UPDATE: 7:32 p.m.
The rally wrapped up at about 7 p.m. and the crowd is still filtering out. Ryan touched on a variety of topics, including job creation, the economy, national debt and the military and told the crowd how important their votes are.
“Virginia, you know how important you are…you know you have a unique opportunity and a serious responsibility,” he said.
UPDATE: 5:22 p.m.
Here’s the rundown:
Introduction: Sen.Bryce Reeves
Pledge: Del. Mark Dudenhefer
Prayer: Del. Mark Cole
Remarks: Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling
Introduction of Paul Ryan: Congressman Rob Wittman
Vice Presidential Candidate Paul Ryan
UPDATE: 4:45 p.m. The crowd is filing into the expo center now. When people enter, they’ll go through a metal detector, like at the airport. There are people on three sides of the stage where the podium is. The side with no people has a wall and a large sign that says “we need a real recovery.”
A line of about 100 has formed to get into the Fredericksburg Expo and Conference Center to hear vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan speak.
Doors opened at 4 p.m. and the rally is set to begin at 6 p.m.
Justin Lewis, of Fredericksburg, said he is here to see Ryan because he is not sure who he will vote for yet. He said in 2008, he went to see Sarah Palin speak in Fredericksburg and she swayed him to vote for John McCain.
He said his main concern is spending and that it is “out of control.”
Shannon Moses, of Stafford, said she is a supporter of the Romney/Ryan ticket.
“I share their values and I believe they can restore the country,” she said.
She said the issue she cares the most about is the economy and that there are too many people out of work right now.