DENVER (AP/CBS4) – GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s vice presidential choice is coming to Colorado for a fundraiser and a rally.

Republican Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan is scheduled to hold a fundraiser in a Denver suburb Monday night and he has a public rally scheduled Tuesday at Lakewood High School.

Supporters gathered on Monday to make signs for the rally.

On Monday night Ryan will appear at an event held on the sixth floor of the Denver Art Museum. People are able to meet with Ryan for cocktails. Then people who pay $25,000 will be given the address of the location where they can have dinner with the candidate.

At a news conference Monday, Democrat and Congressman Ed Perlmutter and others blasted Ryan as an out-of-touch conservative who would cut taxes on the wealthy and decimate government programs like Medicare.

Perlmutter said, “We welcome Paul to this state, but we know that his views are not consistent with the majority of people here.”

In response, Republicans circulated a video of a former Democratic senator who co-chaired the president’s deficit-reduction committee praising Ryan’s intellect and seriousness. Ryan is a Republican leader on budget issues and presented a controversial spending plan this year.

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Ryan is a 42-year-old congressman. He’s best-known for proposing to reshape Medicare by setting up a voucher-like system to let future retirees shop for private health coverage or choose the traditional program

Both parties consider Colorado a swing state and voters are getting a lot of attention during this year’s presidential election.

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