Nine Stops Across Florida Planned by Paul Ryan

By: Kevin Derby | Posted: August 8, 2014 3:55 AM
Paul Ryan

Paul Ryan

U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., the U.S. House Budget Committee chairman and a possible contender for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016, will be heading to Florida later this month to promote his new book. Ryan was former Gov. Mitt Romney’s, R-Mass., running mate on the 2012 presidential ticket. 

Ryan is hitting Florida and other states later this month to promote “The Way Forward: A Reflection on the American Idea.” The book is scheduled for release on Aug. 19 and almost half -- nine -- of Ryan’s 20 stops on the book tour are scheduled in Florida.

“I’m excited to start a conversation about ‘The Way Forward’ and a new vision for building a stronger nation for all Americans,” Ryan said on Thursday.

Ryan will kick off a book tour in Philadelphia on Wednesday, Aug. 20, a day after the book is released. After additional stops in his native Wisconsin and an event with Romney in Chicago, Ryan hits Florida on Friday, Aug. 22, with appearances in Pensacola, Destin and Panama City. Ryan will be in Tallahassee on the morning of Saturday, Aug. 23, with appearances in Gainesville and The Villages that afternoon before hitting Orlando in the evening. After events in Tampa and Sarasota on Sunday, Aug. 24, Ryan heads off to Oklahoma, Texas and California later in the week.

While Ryan’s name has garnered some buzz as a possible Republican presidential hopeful in 2016, Florida is the only early state that appears on the congressman’s tour plans so far. Conspicuously absent from the tour are appearances in the three states that go first in the procession of presidential primaries and caucuses: Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina.

Ryan has also not been very busy in those early states with his Prosperity Action PAC so far in the 2014 campaign cycle. In Iowa, Ryan and Prosperity Action are backing Gov. Terry Branstad, R-Iowa, who is running for re-election. Ryan and Prosperity Action are supporting former U.S. Rep. Frank Guinta’s, R-N.H., bid for the Republican nomination to challenge U.S. Rep. Carol Shea-Porter, D-N.H. Currently not behind any candidates in South Carolina, Ryan and Prosperity Action are only backing one Florida Republican so far: Republican U.S. Rep. Steve Southerland, who is being challenged by Democrat Gwen Graham in November.

Reach Kevin Derby at kderby@sunshinestatenews.com. 

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