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Paul Ryan Thanks Hudson Volunteers for Storm Relief Efforts

Oct. 31, 2012

Bill Salisbury

Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan made a quick, noncampaign stop in Hudson, Wis., on Tuesday, Oct. 30, to thank hundreds of local residents for collecting boxes full of nonperishable goods for superstorm Sandy victims.

Ryan said volunteers are delivering supplies to Republican "victory centers" across the country as the Romney operation suspended campaigning for a day to help provide storm relief.

"It's great to see Americans come out to help ... our fellow citizens in need," Ryan told a few hundred residents who gathered in a parking lot outside the St. Croix County Republican Party headquarters, where donations were being loaded in a truck for delivery to the East Coast.

While making his first appearance

in Hudson since Mitt Romney picked him as his running mate, the Wisconsin congressman didn't mention politics.

Ryan was later spotted Tuesday evening at O'Gara's Bar and Grill in St. Paul. He is expected to resume campaigning Wednesday in Eau Claire.

Ryan urged the crowd to donate cash and give blood to the Red Cross. "Let's keep the people in the Northeast in the wake of the hurricane in our thoughts and prayers," he said.

Tables in the campaign headquarters were filled with canned and boxed food, bottled water, cleaning supplies, disposable diapers, flashlights and batteries that volunteers had dropped off.

State Rep. Dean Knudson of Hudson said the donations were a spontaneous response to a request for help that went out by

social media, emails and word of mouth.

"Instead of doing politics, we're focusing on people in need. It shows the generosity of people here," said Knudson, a Republican who earlier served as Hudson's mayor.

But Knudson said Republicans also were excited to see the vice presidential candidate. "We're pretty proud of our own Paul Ryan," he said.

Ryan represents a southern section of Wisconsin in Congress.

Ryan made a similar stop in La Crosse earlier Tuesday. He flew into Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport and headed directly to the Hudson event.

Source: (c)2012 the Pioneer Press (St. Paul, Minn.). Distributed by MCT Information Services.

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