DENVER–Paul Ryan is wasting no time introducing himself to Colorado voters. The newly chosen Republican vice-presidential candidate is schedule to make two stops early this week in the Denver area. He’s slated to appear first at an invitation-only fundraiser Monday evening in Denver, then headline a rally Tuesday at Lakewood High School.
Colorado Republicans cheered the Ryan pick, describing the Wisconsin congressman as a courageous and innovative leader.
As chair of the House Budget Committee, Ryan is best known as the architect of proposed federal budgets in 2012 and 2013, both known as “The Path to Prosperity,” that tackle entitlement reform and the federal deficit.
“Congressman Ryan is a bold and inspirational choice for Vice President,” said Colorado Republican Party chair Ryan Call. “He is an intellectual leader of the Republican Party with the right experience and vision to reverse the failed economic policies of President Obama.”
Call added that the congressman is “well equipped to help Governor Romney put Americans back to work, both here in Colorado and across the nation.”
Meanwhile, Democrats and liberals blasted Ryan for his proposals to curb Medicare spending, reduce federal aid to education, and cut taxes.
“I don’t know how Mitt Romney could have made a choice more out of touch with the people of Colorado,” said ProgressNow Colorado executive director Joanne Schwartz.
The Romney campaign announced Sunday that it has raised more than $5 million since Ryan was added to the ticket. Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney announced the vice-presidential selection Saturday at a rally in Norfolk, Va.
Romney and Ryan campaigned together over the weekend, but will split up Monday, with Ryan heading to Iowa for campaign appearances before arriving in Colorado. Romney is slated to campaign Monday in Florida.
Doors open for the Lakewood rally at 9 a.m. Tuesday, with the rally kicking off at 11 a.m.
As a swing state, Colorado has become something of a regular destination for both presidential candidates. President Obama spent two days in Colorado last week, and his wife, First Lady Michelle Obama, met Saturday with hospital staffers in Aurora before heading to a fundraiser. Mr. Romney campaigned in Colorado two weeks ago.