Democrats and Republicans React To Romney-Ryan Visit To The Valley

By: Estephany Escobar Email
By: Estephany Escobar Email

Republican Vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan will be returning to the area on Thursday.

This time, presidential candidate Mitt Romney will be with him making a campaign stop at the Augusta Expoland in Fishersville.

While Republicans in the area are preparing for the event, democrats said they hope people look beyond campaign events like this rally.

Chairman of the Augusta County Republican Committee Bill Shirley said the visit will energize voters before the election.

We're fired up, we're excited about it. Delighted to have him," he said.

Shirley said Romney and Ryan's visit show their commitment with the conservative ideals and the election.

"I think they're focused on the whole state because Virginia is a swing state. Mitt Romney is on a mission to win," he said.

Rockingham County Supervisor Mike Breeden said Romney's only mission right now is being elected.

Breeden who is a democrat said the president in the other hand has to carry more tasks while still campaigning.

"I would expect Governor Romney to do well in the debates. Coming to Virginia after the debates is probably a point riser for him," he said.

However, Breeden said at the end of the campaign, people in the area will see who's best for the country.

"I honestly feel when the dust settles and all the money has been spent in the commercials, the president will carry Virginia," Breeden said.

Shirley said Augusta County is mostly Republican.

He said Romney chose the right crowd to speak to.

" Folks around here want to be involved, they want to see a change and i think this is gonna motivate us even further," he said.

Shirley said in his five years as chairman, no GOP presidential candidate has visited Augusta County.

However, Breeden said he expected the visit.

"I'm not surprised, not surprised at all they're coming out," he said.

The rally will start at 6 p.m. Doors will open at 4 p.m.


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