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Ryan heads west on weeklong fundraising trip


GREENVILLE, NC –- Paul Ryan will head west for a weeklong swing through several states he's yet to visit since being tapped as Mitt Romney's running mate.

Chairman of the RNC, Reince Priebus, joins Chuck Todd from Charlotte to talk about the Republican's "Obama isn't working" campaign that's being launched this week.

Starting Tuesday, the Republican vice presidential candidate will begin slowly working his way across the country before wrapping up a seven-day trip in the Pacific Northwest early next week.

A campaign aide said that Ryan's main focus "will largely -- though not entirely -- focused on fundraising” and some public campaign events may be intermixed. 

While his running mate begins debate prep in Vermont, the Wisconsin congressman will appear in two Midwestern states Tuesday. He will first hold a rally in Cleveland, OH – marking his fifth visit to the Buckeye State -- before heading to Iowa, where he will campaign in Cedar Rapids and then Des Moines on Wednesday.

Wednesday night, Ryan will start his fundraising streak with a dinner event in Salt Lake City, Utah, his first trip to the state since begin announced as Romney’s running mate on Aug 11th. Tickets range from $1,000 to $25,000.

Though the schedule is still fluid, the House Budget Committee chairman is slated to head to California for a couple days and would attend, among other events, a luncheon at a private home in Fresno, CA on Saturday.

On Monday, Sept. 10, Ryan will visit two new states in the Pacific Northwest: Oregon and Washington.

The president's Deputy Campaign Manager, Stephanie Cutter, joins Chuck Todd to talk about what the President will say during his convention speech and how he will touch on last week's Republican convention.

He will begin his day with a small, high-dollar fundraiser in Portland, OR that will benefit the RNC Victory fund. Early afternoon, there is another larger fundraiser – with two-tiers for prices of tickets – specifically for the Romney campaign.

A source in the Beaver State notes they don’t anticipate Ryan or Romney making their way back to Oregon again before the Nov. 6 election.

Ryan will conclude his Monday with at least one fundraiser in the Seattle, WA area.

Ryan’s swing to the Pacific Coast takes him deep into Democratic territory. In 2008, California, Washington, and Oregon all went overwhelmingly for President Barack Obama.

The Romney campaign has nonetheless done very well raising money out West this cycle. Romney himself just did a swing out in California at the end of July, visiting San Francisco and Irvine. The campaign would not confirm how much they hope to raise during this upcoming week while the VP nominee is holding events.