JANESVILLE (WKOW) -- Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan says he's forever grateful to the people of Janesville, the city his family has called home for five generations.
"It's so good to be home," Ryan says.
The Republican vice presidential candidate spoke at Janeville's Craig High School on Monday. It's the school where Ryan graduated in 1988. More than 1,000 supporters gathered to give him a festive send-off before he heads to the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida.
"You're not just picking a president for a few years. You're picking a pathway for a generation," Ryan says.
Ryan says his family came to America because of what this country stands for. He says Washington needs to learn that government works for the people, not the other way around.
"This is defining moment for our country," he says. "This is not an ordinary election because it's not an ordinary time."
About 40 protesters gathered outside the school holding signs such as "Rep. Ryan: Not on my Side."
Lysee Mitri was at the Janesville rally and will report on Ryan's message to supporters tonight on 27 News at 5 and 6.
JANESVILLE (WKOW) -- Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan returns to his old high school in Janesville before heading to the Republican National Convention.
The send-off rally Monday morning is at Craig High School starting at 10:45 a.m.
Ryan was named Mitt Romney's running mate two weeks ago. Republicans delegates will make the Romney-Ryan ticket official at the convention. But first, Ryan supporters will see the congressman off at a Wisconsin rally.
Not everyone in Janesville is supporting Ryan in his run for vice president. Some of his constituents planed another rally at Craig High School called "Paul Ryan: Not on Our Side." That starts at 9:15 a.m.
Ryan is scheduled to speak at the RNC Wednesday night. Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is scheduled to speak Tuesday night.
If you can't make it to Janesville for Monday's rally, watch it live on www.wkow.com/live beginning at 10:45 a.m. Monday.