A crowd of about 3500 gathered at the Clermont County Fairgrounds for an opportunity to hear Vice Presidential hopeful Paul Ryan share Mitt Romney’s and his vision for America and their plans to get the country back on track.
Eager attendees waited for the gates to open so they could enter the event area that was set up specifically for this rally – beyond the grandstand and parking lot, in the area past the horse barns (for those of you who are familiar with the fairgrounds).
The littlest patriot, dressed in her rally regalia, waited in line with her mother:
The crowd enjoyed the music of John Michael Montgomery while they awaited Paul Ryan’s arrival:
This huge American flag provided the backdrop for the speakers. It appeared to be suspended in mid-air against a beautiful blue sky:
Another huge flag flanked the viewing area:
A color guard paraded in with the flag for the Pledge of Allegiance:
Clermont County Republican Chairman Tim Rudd introduced the event:
State Representative Joe Uecker, candidate for state senator, shared a story about the cooperative efforts of both houses to pass anti-abortion regulations before the last legislative session ended:
Jane Portman, wife of Senator Rob Portman, thanked Clermont County for supporting Rob in past elections:
Dr. Brad Wenstrup, candidate for Congress in Ohio’s 2nd district, spoke about leadership, courage, and duty:
Governor John Kasich told about his success balancing the federal budget when he was in Congress, along with his current success in doing the same in Ohio.
Paul Ryan, his wife Janna, and his mother Betty waved to an excited crowd at the rally:
Paul Ryan addressed the crowd:
What an event!
Read about Ryan’s address to the crowd at the rally: “Ryan Tells Clermont County “The World Needs American Leadership”