Send-off rally Monday for Paul Ryan in advance of GOP Convention

JANESVILLE -- Monday morning, August 27th, a send-off rally is being held for Wisconsin congressman and newly-appointed vice-presidential candidate Paul Ryan as he leaves for Tampa for the GOP convention.

That rally is being held at Craig High School -- Ryan's old high school stomping grounds, and begins at 10:45 a.m. The doors open at 8:45 a.m.

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All attendees will go through airport-like security and should bring as few personal items as possible. No bags, sharp objects, umbrellas, liquids, or signs will be allowed in the venue. Cameras are permitted.

Sunday, preparations for the send-off rally were underway inside the high school.

Ashley Hermanns is playing in the band during the rally.

"Friday, my mom called me while I was at work, and said 'Ashley, do you want to go play for Paul Ryan?' And I was like, 'yes!'" Hermanns said.

Many prepping for the rally Sunday couldn't hold back their excitement.

"That's the cool thing, that someone so normal and so laid back can become something so important and have such a great leadership role," one volunteer said.

The spokesman for the event says the whole thing was Ryan's idea, and that Ryan thought it was important to bring everything back to Janesville before he heads to Tampa for the convention.

"It's cool someone from our high school can do something so important. It's inspirational," one volunteer said.


As the GOP gathers to send off presumptive vice presidential nominee Rep. Paul Ryan to the Republican National Convention on Monday, August 27th constituents and others concerned about Ryan’s economic policies will hold a rally of their own.

The "Paul Ryan: Not on Our Side" rally is planned for Monday morning at 9:15 outside Craig High School in Janesville.

“Paul Ryan is no friend of mine or working families or people counting on Medicare. The whole country needs to know him the way we do right here in his district," Ryan constituent Sarah Wagner said.

Ryan is scheduled to travel to Tampa on Monday, where he will be met by hundreds of low-wage workers from across the country – including about 15 Wisconsinites – who will speak out for the 99% about the harm caused by plans to raise their taxes and cut vital services to fund tax breaks for the richest 1%.

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