Overflow crowd at Paul Ryan rally on Virginia Peninsula

By DaReinn Stevens

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – Republican Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan and the GOP team arrived at Christopher Newport University for a Tuesday evening “Victory Rally.” Many people came out despite stormy weather and a tornado watch until 7 p.m.

The 1,600-seat Ferguson Center for the Arts was overcapacity with over 3,000 fans registering online to witness this event. Overflow crowd and latecomers had to stand in the lobby and watch from television screens.

Before the speech, Ryan, a congressman from Wisconsin, greeted supporters in the lobby and thanked them for coming out in great numbers.

Lieutenant Gov. Bill Bolling welcomed spectators and urged the crowd to elect former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney president: “Virginia, are you ready to win?”

Most of the crowd waved flags and cheered.

Throughout his speech, Ryan stressed national defense, unemployment rates, and the importance for maintaining and putting to use this country’s strong military.

Few African-Americans were present. Romney/Ryan supporters asked the African-Americans – including this reporter – about their political views.  After acknowledging the questions, friendly conversations began while most people enjoyed the positive atmosphere of the evening.

The writer is a junior at Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications