VP nominee Paul Ryan in Washington for fundraisers

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by KING 5 News and the Associated Press

KING5.com

Posted on September 10, 2012 at 6:30 AM

Updated Monday, Sep 10 at 5:35 PM

Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan is in Seattle after a brief stop in Portland during a Northwest fundraising swing.

Ryan touched down at Boeing Field around 3:30 p.m. Monday before heading for Bellevue for two fundraisers. One event will cost $1,000 per person ($2,500 for a photo with him), while the second is a more exclusive $25,000-per-person "limited special event."

Ryan's schedule in the Seattle area includes no public events.

In Portland earlier in the day, Ryan held no public events but spoke to about 200 donors at the Governor Hotel.  Ryan lamented the Wisconsin football team's loss to Oregon in last season's Rose Bowl and to Oregon State in an upset game on Saturday.

Ryan talked up Romney's accomplishments as a businessman, the leader of the troubled Salt Lake Olympics and as governor of Massachusetts.

"I have very rarely seen a time when the moment and the man meet so well like they do with Mitt Romney," Ryan said.

Campaign officials declined to say how much money Ryan raised in Portland on Monday, but tickets cost between $1,000 for general admission and $25,000 for a private meal.

Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob McKenna will not attend the events in Bellevue. McKenna has a previously scheduled fundraiser in Moses Lake.

Politicians in Washington said this will likely be the last time Mitt Romney or Paul Ryan visit the Northwest before the election.

 

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