FERNANDINA BEACH, Fla. -- GOP vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan attended Victory Events at Main Beach Park in Fernandina Beach Monday afternoon. More than 2,000 people came to hear him speak.
State Rep. Janet Adkins and State Sen. John Thrasher also made appearances at the event. Ryan hammered home on the themes of rebuilding the economy and the importance of a strong military.
"We have a very clear choice to make," Ryan said to a crowd waving American flags.
Congressman Ryan's stop in Fernandina was one of three that he was scheduled to make in the Sunshine State on Monday. Mitt Romney campaign officials announced later on Monday that stops in Melbourne and Lakeland would be canceled.
"Out of sensitivity for the millions of Americans in the path of
Hurricane Sandy, we are canceling tonight's events with Governor Romney
in Wisconsin and Congressman Ryan in Melbourne and Lakeland, Florida,"
said a statement from Gail Gitcho, Romney communications director.
"We are also canceling all events currently schedule for both Governor
Romney and Congressman Ryan on Tuesday. Governor Romney believes this is
a time for the nation and its leaders to come together to focus on
those Americans who are in harm's way. We will provide additional
details regarding Governor Romney's and Congressman Ryan's schedule when
they are available."
Ryan called on the audience to offer their prayers for those in the path of Hurricane Sandy and thanked the audience for the help Florida was already giving to those to the north.
"Floridians, you are no stranger to big storms better than anyone," Ryan said. He noted that Romney Victory Centers across the state will also be collecting storm relief supplies.
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