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 chosen Wisconsin Representative Paul Ryan as his vice presidential running mate.

His campaign announced the pick Saturday morning, dubbing the two "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 for VP? Tell us in comments.

Information compiled by Rebecca Jaskot.

Marilyn August 12, 2012 at 01:29 PM
Now the Republican rhetoric gets even worse. This morning during the announcement of Ryan the new phrase added was "Obama stole Medicare's money" Come on guys. With nutty comments like that you only alienate sensible people. Debate the facts. Be civil. Play fair. Obama won his chance at bat. Just saying "no" is poor sportsmanship. Ryan only adds to the craziness.
Brad Rosley, CFP® August 14, 2012 at 09:51 PM
Actually, Obamacare does take over $700 million from Medicare to help keep the projected costs of Obamacare down. For more on what Ryan is all about, read the article and links on this blog http://www.lifeplanningtoday.com/
Marilyn August 14, 2012 at 10:35 PM
Why do you insist on calling it Obamacare? As we all know it is really the Affordable Healthcare Act. Using terms like "Obamacare" and "entitlements" are semantic tricks used to change perspective from the merits of a program to hatred for the people involved. Ad hominen attacks are considered the weakest form of argument in debate as you must know. So why do you persist in reducing the debate to attacks on the people?
Brad Rosley, CFP® August 15, 2012 at 02:03 AM
I thought the healthcare bill was President Obama's signature achievement as President.... One of President Bush's proudest accomplishments was cutting income tax brackets (raising tax revenues) and they have been forever known as the "Bush Tax Cuts". What's the difference?
Marilyn August 15, 2012 at 03:46 AM
As you well know, the difference is that the Affordable Healthcare Act has that specific name. Calling it Obamacare is a strategy to militate his opposition. You are disingenuous to suggest that you admire anything about President Obama's effort. I suggest that the term you are trying to avoid is "affordable.". Anything that actually describes the act itself and puts the President in a favorable light.


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