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Romney Picks Paul Ryan as Republican Running Mate

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

Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, the presumptive Republican Party nominee for president in 2012, has chosen Wisconsin Representative Paul Ryan as his vice presidential running mate. 

His campaign announced the pick Saturday morning, dubbing the them "America's Comeback Team."

The two 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. 

What do you think of Romney's choice of Paul Ryan for vice president? Let us know in the comment's section.

Sinclair August 14, 2012 at 11:36 PM
My bad English. Now add to your knowledge base and look up Social Security benefits. I actually know she received benefits.
Jeff Sitter August 15, 2012 at 02:22 AM
We should all scroll back up to Steve P.'s comments in his second paragraph. If you really want to improve our collective situation take a good look at the numbers. We hear from our leadership that about tax cuts for the wealthy. Well what about the people free loading on the system. We used to have manufacturing jobs that could support people of that caliber. Companies rewarded years of work with pensions. People were proud to work for a company that took care of them. It was not uncommon for a person to spend their entire working life with the same company. Our government makes great promises every four years on how they are the ones to fix all our problems. Given the track record of the present government, anyone who thinks more of the same will get us out of this debacle is delusional. Until we level the playing field "WE" 33% will have to pony up the doe for everyone.
Mike August 15, 2012 at 10:53 AM
I want a President who has been successful in business! That's who we need to lead this country out of this gaping hole we are in. It is delusional to think that the financially healthy (and not necessarily rich) will continue to build businesses, employ the rest of us, work well beyond what we consider fulltime, or even stay here in this country if things continue as they have been the last 3 years. We want them here! Even if they have minimized their tax liability through legal means, they are still paying large amouts of taxes, not spending their money at Walmart, probably did not recieve financial aid for college (how many of you have recieved that benefit?), and those who make more statistically have more years of education than the rest of us. Equal outcomes is just not possible or feasible. We can all agree reform is needed in many areas, but don't cut off your nose to spite your face.
Brian Mc. August 19, 2012 at 02:31 AM
The presidential election will come down to the economy. If unemployment remains high (over 8% now) then people will look for alternatives than the current administration. I believe Ryan will be good for the debate over entitlements and debt. Our nation must look at these issues seriously to avoid the financial meltdown that several European countries now face. Ryan has come up with his draft and I would expect the Obama administration to publicize their plan. Politicians must realize this is now a zero sum gain. All of us must be willing to sacrifice to put the nation on the right financial footing.
Jerry Chase September 17, 2012 at 01:02 AM
Paul Ryan was truly a most excellent choice. And can he ever deliver the truth in a speech like few others!

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