Paul Ryan Visits Lakewood, Colorado

Curt Dale

I had a great time going to Paul Ryan's event in Lakewood this morning. He is certainly an impressive fellow. We've just gotta get Romney and him in there. It is incredible to hear him speak. He stacks up well against Sarah Palin in public speaking. Both are superb. I'd hate to have to judge a speaking contest between the two of them. I suspect he might take the edge in a debate, but then I don't know. She is one of the most exciting speakers I've ever heard. He stacks up well.

The difference I see is that Ryan seems to be totally set free. The McCain camp put the clamps on Palin and she was totally held down. But Ryan just came on stage to a wild reception by a totally packed gymnasium, the crowd insode estimated at 5,000, and I was jsut at the entry door. There were hundreds behind me. It struck me as very amusing that the folks who couldn't get in the big gymnasium to Ryan was possibly bigger than the 660 people who showed up at Biden's little crowd in NC.

(Vice President Joe Biden spoke before a crowd of 660 people in Durham, N.C., at the Durham Armory during a campaign stop for President Barack Obama on Monday. Biden's appearance before a comparatively meager crowd came a day after the newly formed Republican ticket - presidential candidate Mitt Romney and running mate Paul Ryan - rallied a crowd of over 10,000 in High Point, N.C., about an hour away, and a crowd of approximately 4,700 people in Mooresville, N.C., about two and a half hours away.)

As I was on the shuttle bus, I was talking with a young Jewish gentleman in his Orthodox dress and his beautiful little daughter. Getting off the bus, we walked quite a ways to the school building, and he was very pumped about getting to see Ryan. He noticed I had an extra ticket, and I gave it to him for his daughter. He is from Michigan and said Michigan will be tough for Romney, but I was more interested in what the Jewish Community is thinking. As I was looking toward the stage, inside, there were a number of Jewish ladies and gentlemen in the same sort of dress just ahead of me. They seemed to be having a ball.

As Ryan came on stage, he went at the Obama Administration from the jump. He covered the gamut. He was hitting very hard on Economy, Jobs, Obama's raid on Medicare, the need to repeal Obamacare, No Budget from Obama and the Democrats, Energy (Develop it all! Drill, nuclear, wind, solar and get independent), etc. If he missed anything, I don't know what it was. Not a long speech. Highly organized, strong and unfettered! I like him.

© Colonel Curtis D. Dale, PhD USAF (Ret), AUGUST 2012, Parker, Colorado

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