Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan spoke at a campaign fundraiser in predominately Democratic Beverly Hills Thursday evening in his first visit to Southern California since Mitt Romney chose him as his running mate.
Tickets were priced at $2,500, with donors who gave $10,000 able to get a picture taken with the Wisconsin representative, Fox11 reported. Like with most fundraisers in the presidential campaign, the event was closed to reporters.
The 42-year-old Ryan, who Democrats have accused of lying about the effects of his Medicare proposal and admitted misstating his fastest marathon time, was described by fundraiser attendee Bill Emmanuel of Santa Monica as "youthful, but very mature" and "a regular guy you'd want to play ball with."
Beverly Hills Realtor Michael Libow, who described himself as a gay Jew from Beverly Hills, attended the fundraiser at the , and told Fox11 he switched his registration from Democrat to Republican because he wants "a country that is strong, that will survive."
"I'm not exactly a young man—I'm going to be 50 next year—but I want something that will leave a legacy for others," Libow told Fox11.
Ryan arrived at Los Angeles International Airport around 3 p.m. from Colorado Springs, CO. He is scheduled to campaign in Sparks, NV, Friday.