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Will Paul Ryan Join Mitt Romney at Lake Minnetonka Fundraisers?

Campaign says Paul Ryan will join Mitt Romney in the Midwest this week, but it's unclear if that will include a pair of fundraisers in the Lake Minnetonka area.

Updated Aug. 17

His name does not appear on invitations sent to GOP supporters, but Paul Ryan may join Mitt Romney today when the presumptive Republican presidential nominee makes a pair of visits to the Lake Minnetonka area.

Romney is scheduled to first visit the Lafayette Club in Minnetonka Beach this evening (Thursday, Aug. 23), for a reception with supporters who contribute at least $2,500 to the campaign. Romney will then have dinner at the home of Marty Davis in Shorewood—where he will be joined by couples who have contributed $50,000 or more.

Campaign officials had previously said Romney and vice presidential running mate Ryan would campaign and fundraise separately until after the Republican National Convention in Florida, which begins Aug. 27.

But Politico reported Friday morning that aides have shifted course on that thinking because of the energy boost Ryan gave Romney during a series of rally’s last week—telling the website that Ryan would join Romney for a town hall in New Hampshire and at unspecified appearances in the Midwest.

Among those included on the guest list for tonight's events in the Lake Minnetonka area include former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty, who was on Romney's short list of vice presidential candidates before Ryan got the nod earlier this month. Former U.S. Senators Norm Coleman and Rudy Boschwitz are also listed as headliners.

Photo opportunities with Mitt Romney will cost couples a $10,000 contribution.

Thursday's fundraisers coincide with the opening of the Minnesota State Fair, although no plans have so far been announced for Romney to visit the fairgrounds.

The pair of fundraisers are being paid for by Romney Victory, Inc.—a body made up of several GOP fundraising committees supporting Romney's presidential campaign. Contributions to Romney Victory, Inc. are not tax deductable.

Romney's last visit to Minnesota came back in early February, when he was  during a rally in Eagan.

President Obama won the state of Minnesota during the 2008 election by more than 10 points. Richard Nixon was the last Republican presidential hopeful to win the Land of 10,000 Lakes and its 10 electoral votes.

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Frank Porter August 17, 2012 at 06:33 PM
I really hope the pair of them would show up at the Lafayette. It is the best paired establishment where we can show them our pedigree, and why we need and expect our well deserved tax breaks.
Cy August 17, 2012 at 07:13 PM
Don't you have enough tax breaks Frank? You and your family just got back from the Caymans where, I might add, received huge tax breaks.
Patt Cavanaugh August 18, 2012 at 03:16 AM
patt First of all is it any of your business Cy what Frank and his family did.? Part of our problem in our country is people don't mind their own business. Let's you and I start a new wave. If we don't have any thing nice to say don't say anything at all. Have a good day !
Cy August 21, 2012 at 07:13 PM
Just the truth. I think it is the business of all Americans to be aware of the tactics used by many with excess money to avoid paying taxes. Sorry to ruffle your feathers, Patt. I think the Lobster bisque is outstanding at the club.Enjoy your day!

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