Attendees React to Paul Ryan's Visit
KREX News Room
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.- Campaign officials say more than 3,000 people turned out for Monday's event, many who came to support the Romney-Ryan ticket.
The crowd filled the entire Brownson Arena at Colorado Mesa University; it was so crowded that supporters had to stand in the aisles to get a chance to see the vice presidential candidate speak.
Others attended as undecided voters who were hoping to get clarification of some issues through Ryan's speech.
Tim Jewett is an undecided voter in Mesa County, and he finds himself stuck between two issues.
"The biggest issue for me is gay rights because I am a gay man and have been in Grand Junction for 10 years, but that is at the top of my priorities at this point, as is the economy," said Jewett.
He owns his own business and says he's leaning toward Romney's plans for the economy, but he is torn because of President Barack Obama's stance on social issues.
Discussing the economy was early on Ryan's agenda Monday.
"We are going to run at this problem. We're not going to blame other people; we're going to get involved, and we're going to fix this mess in Washington and get this budget balanced, get this debt under control so that we can leave our kids a better future and keep prosperity," said Ryan.
Supporters filled the arena with cheers after his statement.
"He says what he means, and a lot of the stuff he says are a lot of things I agree with," said Stuart Foster.
NewsChannel 5 caught back up with Jewett after Ryan's speech to see what he thought.
"I think all of us Americans, both sides, know that we got to get our economy back on track," Jewett said.
Jewett said he still doesn't agree with the Romney-Ryan ticket's current stance on gay rights, but if it means the economy might bounce back, will he remain undecided?
"I would say not so much," he said.
Several people in attendance stayed after Ryan's speech to watch the final debate between President Obama and Mitt Romney, which was show in the arena.