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Romney Picks Paul Ryan as Running Mate

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has made Wiconsin Representative Paul Ryan his vice presidential choice.

Mitt Romney has selected Wisconsin Representative Paul Ryan as his vice presidential running mate.

The campaign announced the pick Saturday morning, dubbing the two "America's Comeback Team."

The pair made their first appearance on the USS Wisconsin, a retired World War II battleship, in Norfolk, Virginia Saturday morning.

Romney's campaign also released a biography of Ryan. Here are some of the facts:

  • Ryan is in his seventh term in Congress representing Wisconsin’s 1st District. 
  • He is Chairman of the House Budget Committee.
  • He also serves on the House Ways and Means Committee.
  • Ryan, 42, is married to Janna Little. They have three children and live in Janesville, Wisconsin.  
  • Prior to running for Congress, Ryan served as an aide to Republican Senators Robert Kasten Jr. and Sam Brownback, former U.S. Rep. and Vice Presidential Candidate Jack Kemp, and as a speechwriter for Education Secretary William Bennett.
  • Ryan is a graduate of Joseph A. Craig High School in Janesville and earned degrees in economics and political science from Miami University in Ohio. 

The New Yorker magazine recently profiled Ryan. It's a good read. 

Linda Meza August 11, 2012 at 07:14 PM
I haven't followed Ryan all that much but skimming through the New Yorker piece linked to this article his belief in "if you're going to criticize the you should propose" is something that resonates with me. It will interesting to watch the national convention.
Chris Kapsalis August 11, 2012 at 07:40 PM
Nearly everyone who I have ever heard criticize has a proposal or two to offer of what issue they are criticizing. I do. Ideas. Alternatives. Not to say I am right. So I am not sure what this is about? And every protestor I have ever heard criticize this or that has tons of proposals. I think it is more about some people disinterest or lack of time in hearing person who criticizes points of view and proposals really. There are some exceptions, but not many imo.
Chris Kapsalis August 11, 2012 at 07:51 PM
I read the New Yorker piece and understand what context that was said under. So I apologues if I misunderstood. But still, I have not heard a lot of criticizing even by republicans who do not have proposals to offer. Not a lot. I just don't usually agree with them. But yes trashing for the sake of trashing only hurts your party. But I am sure, though I disagree, the birthers proposal would be removal of Obama from office. Maybe it is more about realistic proposals?
Patrick J. McNamara August 12, 2012 at 10:39 PM
It seems a surprisingly refreshing choice based on policy rather than the usual (and frankly, a little insulting) VP picks that have historically been based on picking up a particular state, ethnic group or gender vote. The most astute comment I have heard so far is probably that by picking Ryan, Romney has busted out of the "timid, play it safe" mold he had begun to occupy in many pundits' minds. Ryan seems a keen intellect, a concise explainer, and an intimidating repository of facts. He also seems unafraid to touch the "third rail" of politics, entitlement reform. That last point may give relief to his opponents, but I'm not so sure. I smell something in the air, and it may be the winds of realization that ignoring that elephant in the room is no longer realistic...that ignoring the brutal truth of Mr. Mathematics will kill entitlements entirely. If that is truly the case--as the results in Wisconsin's recent recall election suggest--then Ryan has arrived at the right time, ready to fearlessly and respectfully make his case on policy. If I were Joe Biden, I would not be looking forward to the VP debate.
suzi romack August 14, 2012 at 01:44 AM
to much politics here. I hear enough on the news ect. i love to hear about Martinez i have been a resident here for many years over (well i wont say how long:) . I love the patch very much just not national politics.

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