PORTLAND -- Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan held a fundraising event Monday in Portland, before heading to Seattle for another similar event.
Ryan's plane landed at Portland International Airport just after 10:30 a.m. Area roads were closed as he made his way to the Governor Hotel. Streets and sidewalks around the hotel, at 614 Southwest 11th Avenue, were also closed to vehicles, bicycles and pedestrians starting at 9:30 a.m., according to Lt. Robert King of the Portland Police Bureau.
Photos: Paul Ryan arrives in Portland
Ryan held no public events Monday but spoke to about 200 donors at the hotel. He challenged President Barack Obama to pick a side in a teachers strike in Chicago, saying "in a Romney-Ryan administration, we will not be ambiguous."
He also talked up Romney's accomplishments as a businessman, as leader of the troubled Salt Lake Olympics and as governor of Massachusetts.
Ryan mentioned that he was in Oregon two years ago for a speech and met Gert Boyle, chairwoman of Columbia Sportswear.
"Look what she and her husband put together," he said, adding, “look what Phil Knight has been able to accomplish, just right here."
He spoke for about 25 minutes, before heading to a fundraiser in Seattle.
Tickets to Ryan's private fundraiser cost $1,000 for admission to the general event, $2,500 for a VIP photo, $10,000 for access to a technology innovator round table, and $25,000 for a private dinner.