Update: Paul Ryan to Hold Town Hall Meeting in Waukesha Monday
Republican vice presidential candidate will hold morning event at Carroll University.
Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan on Monday will hold a town hall meeting in Waukesha, signaling that the campaign believes Wisconsin is still heavily in play in the battle for the White House.
Ryan, along with other key Republicans, will take part in an event on the campus of Carroll University at the Van Male Field House, 227 N. Barstow St. in Waukesha.
"I was there for the enthusiasm and the excitement when he was first announced and ... the crowd enthusiasm was phenomenal," said Keith Best, spokesperson for the Waukesha County GOP, referring to the rally at Waukesha County Expo Center a day after the campaign announced Ryan as Romney's runningmate.
"I think the same thing is going to carry over Monday morning," Best added.
Best said it makes sense that Ryan will make another trip to Wisconsin, his home state, give the importance of the bellwether state on election night.
"Wisconsin is ground zero in the political spectrum for the United States of America," he said. "We couldn't be more excited that one of our native sons is ready to step into the national spotlight."
Carroll University President Doug Hastad told WISN that the campus was chosen after a campaign staff member and an alum suggested it.
"It's always exciting to follow a national election," Hastad said to the news station. "But it's especially exciting when one of the candidates says they would like to come to your campus."
The size of the field house - one of the largest venues in the area - and the fact that the school's security director Michael Zens, a former Secret Service member, may have also been factors in choosing Carroll University, according to WISN.
"It involves a lot of logistics, parking areas, arrival areas, press area," Zens told WISN. "It involves a lot ... to really make it a safe environment for the community."
Zens also told the station, "the university will spend the weekend preparing for Monday's town hall meeting and is confident the campus will be ready."
Doors will open at 7 a.m. and the program will begin at 8 a.m., according to an announcement posted by the campaign of GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney.
Registration is taking place online for the town hall meeting.
Patch will post more details as they become available.