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Idaho GOP leaders, supporters celebrate annual barbeque

Thursday was a big night out for local Republicans as they celebrated the party’s 40th annual summer barbeque in Idaho Falls.

The public mingled with state legislators and county leaders as well as U.S. Senator Jim Risch and State Superintendent Tom Luna, whom were featured speakers.

The very red, white, and blue Tautphaus Park hockey shelter was packed full of supporters.

“It’s always good to get together with Republicans and talk about these things and talk about how we can do things better than how they’ve been done,” said Risch, R-Idaho. “This country’s in horrible financial condition and it’s got to change.”

Risch and Luna weighed in on presumptive GOP president candidate Mitt Romney’s choice of Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan as his running mate.

The Idaho Republican leaders said they’re excited about the VP pick.

“He’s a young father. Really, it’s his generation that’s going to be burdened with helping this country turn around the mess we’re currently in,” said Luna.

“Well, Paul’s a really, really bright guy and as soon as I heard that, there was no doubt in my mind that Mitt Romney is getting ready to govern,” said Risch.

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