Paul Ryan to hold fundraiser, rally in Colorado

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DENVER – Newly-minted GOP vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan will be in Colorado for a fundriaser Monday night and rally Tuesday morning in Lakewood, FOX31 Denver has learned.

After being introduced as Mitt Romney’s running mate Saturday morning in Virginia and barnstorming across that state and rallying voters in his home state of Wisconsin on Sunday, Ryan is parting ways with Romney, who’s heading to Florida Monday.

Ryan, a six-term congressman from Janesville, will campaign Monday in Iowa at the state fair before flying to Denver for a fundraiser in Cherry Creek Monday night.

Romney’s campaign announced Sunday that it had already raised more than $5 million in contributions since Ryan was added to the ticket.

The campaign hasn’t released any information on the fundraiser Monday night.

Tuesday morning’s rally will take place at Lakewood High School at 11 a.m., with doors opening to the public at 9 a.m.

It’ll be just 12 days after Romney rallied a few hundred supporters at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds just outside of Lakewood.

The campaign’s recent focus on the west metro suburbs underscores the area’s importance in determining who wins this critical swing state come November.

On Monday, the Obama campaign in Colorado is offering its first attempt to deaden the Ryan buzz with an event at Denver’s Manley Park where state Democratic Party Chairman Rick Palacio and Congressman Ed Perlmutter, D-Golden, will argue that the economic policies pushed by Romney and Ryan will hurt middle class families.

“The Romney-Ryan extreme budget would end Medicare as we know it, turning it into a voucher program that would increase seniors’ health costs by $6,350 a year,” said a press release from the Obama campaign. “The Romney-Ryan scheme would hike taxes on the middle class to pay for massive tax cuts for wealthy Americans like Mitt Romney.”