CLEVELAND - U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan is scheduled to make his first trip to Ohio, stopping at the Miami University of Ohio as Mitt Romney's pick for VP.
A woman, who asked we not use her name, works for a local tree shop in Oxford, said they were told to have new trees in place at Delta Tau Delta by 11 a.m. for pictures.
"I was told Ryan was going to be here," she said. Ryan was a member of the Greek fraternity here and graduated in 1992.
Interesting note, ask yourself what you were doing six years after you graduated college? Ryan ran for Congress and won.
Admit it, you probably weren't doing anything big like that. So let's move on. Wednesday at 6 p.m., Ryan is scheduled to give a speech from the engineering quad. The stage is already up as grounds crews put on the final touches for the event.
In 2009, Ryan was the commencement speaker.
"It is here at Miami where I was able to find myself. I found a sense of direction and a sense of identity."
And it seems his identity is starting to rise in the Buckeye State. A new Rasmussen poll done in Ohio shows 51 percent have a favorable opinion of Ryan with 39 percent having an unfavorable opinion. And 40 percent of those voters said they were more likely to vote for Romney because of the Ryan pick.
Admittedly, we are in the honeymoon period. Ryan was just announced as Romney's pick last Saturday. It will be interesting to see where the favorability stands a month from now. If it's still above 50 percent, it could be an indicator that Ohio is moving into the red with its 18 electoral votes.
Ryan will be in Stark County Thursday for a victory rally at Walsh University in the Walsh University Alumna area, located at 2020 East Maple Street in North Canton.
Doors open at 7:30 a.m. and the event begins at 9:30 a.m.
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