Vote 2012: Paul Ryan to Spend Two Days Campaigning in Iowa

By Ed Tibbetts, Reporter

Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan speaks during a campaign stop at Kirkwood Community College on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012, in southwest Cedar Rapids, Iowa. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette-KCRG)

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DUBUQUE, Iowa - Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan will be making a two-day campaign swing through Iowa next week. On Monday, he'll be attending a campaign rally in Dubuque at the Loras College Fieldhouse.

The Dubuque event is scheduled to start Monday at 6:30 p.m., doors open at 4:30 p.m.

The Romney campaign said Thursday that Ryan, a congressman from Wisconsin, will be in Clinton, Muscatine and Burlington. Details of the stops haven’t been released yet.

This will be the second time in a month that the Republican presidential ticket has been to the Quad-City region. Presidential nominee Mitt Romney was in Bettendorf on Aug. 22.

The campaign swing will come in an area Republicans think holds some promise for them. Sarah Pompei, a Romney spokeswoman, said voters in this part of the state are open to their message. Gov. Terry Branstad and Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, performed well in the area in 2010, and the GOP thinks their economic message sells in this part of the state.

Ryan’s travel here also will closely track Vice President Joe Biden’s tour of southeast Iowa last week. Biden made a stop in Muscatine, then rallied supporters in Burlington as part of a multi-day swing through the state.

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