Paul Ryan raising red state cash

October 22, 2012

Alabama isn't one of the hotly-contested states frequented by White House hopefuls two weeks out from Election Day. Neither is Georgia or South Carolina.

But Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) will be visiting all three states this week on a fundraising swing that will take him to GOP strongholds in the Deep South.Ryan, the GOP vice-presidential candidate, will raise campaign cash Wednesday evening in Atlanta, Ga. On Friday, he’s expected to headline a breakfast fundraiser at a private residence in Greenville, S.C., followed by a luncheon fundraiser in Huntsville, Ala., according to invitations posted online by the nonprofit Sunlight Foundation.

Ryan was also set to headline a fundraiser on Thursday in Midland, Tex., Ryan was also 
but according to a campaign spokesman, former vice president Dick Cheney will appear at a fundraiser in the state while Ryan campaigns in battlegrounds.

In Palm Beach, Fla., on Saturday, GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney headlined what was expected to be his last campaign fundraiser. The Sunshine State was also the site of President Obama’s final fundraising event, which took place at the J.W. Marriott in Miami earlier this month.

Ryan’s trio of fundraisers comes as he is also stepping up his joint appearances with his running mate following Monday night’s foreign policy debate in Boca Raton, Fla. The two will campaign together on Tuesday in Henderson, Nev., and Morrison, Colo. Romney and Ryan’s last joint event – in Daytona Beach, Fla., on Friday night – drew a raucous crowd of more than 8,500 people.

There will be no day this week that Ryan is not holding an open event in a battleground state, according to spokesman Brendan Buck. 

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