LEE COUNTY, Fla. - About 3,600 people crowded into a field at the Lee County Sports Complex Thursday night to hear Vice Presidential Candidate, Representative Paul Ryan speak. He tackled issues especially important to Floridians, from job creation to social security.
"I've been in business for 40 years," Ed Taylor said. "This by far has been the worst year for my business."
"I want to actually have something to be there when I get out of college," Jon-Jacob Detzel said. "I want a real job."
Taylor has cast many ballots. Detzel will be voting in his first election. The two stood shoulder-to-shoulder at Ryan's Victory Rally looking for an economic revival.
Country singer Lee Greenwood kicked off the event and comedian Dennis Miller took some political jabs, even joking about Florida's heat.
"God bless you, it's why everybody's got clear complexions," Miller said. "It's like living in a facial."
As the sun went down, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi introduced Ryan. One of his first topics: struggling businesses. He said it's the small businessmen and women who make the country grow.
"We have a jobs crisis," Ryan said, "wouldn't it be nice to have a job creator in the White House?>
Next up: social security, medicare, and retirement. Ryan said Obamacare is the biggest threat to medicare.
"By getting this debt under control, we can guarantee these programs are there for them, and that's why, when these problems come up, we are not going to run away from them, we're not going to blame other people, we're gong to fix these problems."
Ryan personalized his approach, mentioning his Aunt Sue who lives in Bonita Bay. Finally, he promised hope for those depending on government programs, and those who will be in the future.
"We are going to reapply those founding principles and get people back to work, save medicare, save social security, get this country back on track," Ryan said. "We can do this, Floridians, we can do this."
While Dennis Miller joked about the heat, it was definitely an issue. We spotted at least half a dozen being taken away on stretchers from heat-related illness, despite efforts to keep the crowd hydrated. Paul Ryan is no heading to West Palm Beach for a Friday afternoon event.