GOP ‘party’ in Junction stars Ryan



You’re invited to watch the third and final presidential debate with someone very close to the campaign, according to the Republican National Committee.

GOP vice-presidential candidate Paul Ryan will be in Grand Junction on Monday evening, appearing at an event at Colorado Mesa University that is open to the public.

Republican party officials confirmed Friday that CMU will host what’s being called a “victory event and debate watch party,” which will also include Texas musical group Josh Abbott Band.

The Wisconsin congressman and Mitt Romney running mate will also hold a rally earlier Monday in Colorado Springs, according to reports, and then Ryan again will meet up with the top of the ticket for an event Tuesday at Red Rocks Amphitheater on the Front Range.

Clearly, both presidential campaigns consider Colorado — a state President Barack Obama won by nine points in 2008 — still in play, based on the number of candidate appearances and the sheer volume of television ads purchased in Colorado media markets during the campaign.

Ryan’s frequent Colorado campaign stops aren’t his first visits to the state. He’s mentioned many times the summer backpacking trips he and his family used to make in the Elk Mountains and the White River National Forest growing up. He’s told interviewers that he’s done more than 40 ascents on 28 of the state’s 14,000-foot peaks.

The Republican National Committee said people can pick up their free tickets at the Mesa County Victory Center, 1114 N. First St., in Grand Junction on Monday starting at 9 a.m.

Tickets can also be obtained by going to the website


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