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8/11/2012 7:01:00 AM
Romney names Paul Ryan his No. 2
M. Spencer Green, File/The AP
House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis. introduces Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney before Romney spoke at the Grain Exchange in Milwaukee, in this April 3, 2012 file photo.
M. Spencer Green, File/The AP
House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis. introduces Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney before Romney spoke at the Grain Exchange in Milwaukee, in this April 3, 2012 file photo.
KASIE HUNT
The Associated Press

NORFOLK, Va. - Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney introduced Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin as his vice presidential running mate on Saturday, turning to the architect of a deeply conservative and intensely controversial long-term budget plan to remake Medicare and cut trillions in federal spending.

In the campaign to come, Republicans will present economic solutions "that are bold, specific and achievable," Romney said as he presented his political partner. "We offer our commitment to create 12 million new jobs and bring better take home pay to middle class families."

The two men basked in the cheers of supporters in their made-for-television debut on a ticket hoping to make President Barack Obama's first term his last. "I did not make a mistake with this guy," Romney exulted.

"I am deeply excited and honored to join you as your running mate," Ryan said in his first words at the podium." He said that together, Republicans would eliminate the country's "debt, doubt and despair."

He said that "Regrettably, President Obama has become part of the problem, and Mitt Romney is the solution" to an economy that has yet to make a strong recovery from the worst recession in decades.

The ticket made its debut at a naval museum in Norfolk, Va., the initial stop of a bus tour through four battleground states in as many days. The USS Wisconsin, berthed at the museum, was their bunting-draped backdrop, a symbol of the nation's military strength as well as an obvious reference to Ryan's home state.

First Romney, then Ryan, a generation younger than his patron, jogged down the ship's gangplank to the cheers of hundreds and the stirring soundtrack from the movie "Air Force One."

As his family came on stage, Ryan knelt to embrace his daughter and two sons before kissing his wife.

While word of Ryan's selection leaked late Friday night and was posted by the campaign to its phone app before the speeches, Obama's campaign withheld its reaction until the Republicans had spoken.

"The architect of the radical Republican House budget, Ryan, like Romney, proposed an additional $250,000 tax cut for millionaires, and deep cuts in education from Head Start to college aid," Jim Messina, the president's campaign manager, said in a written statement.

"His plan would also end Medicare as we know it by turning it into a voucher system, shifting thousands of dollars in health care costs to seniors," he said.

Ryan's selection - as well as Romney's own nomination - will be ratified by delegates to the Republican National Convention that begins on Aug. 27 in Tampa, Fla.

Obama and Vice President Joseph Biden will be nominated for a second term at the Democratic convention the following week.

One campaign official said Romney settled on Ryan on Aug. 1, more than a week ago, and informed Beth Myers, the longtime aide who had shepherded the secretive process that led to the selection. The official spoke on condition of anonymity to provide details.

It was not known when Romney informed Ryan he wanted him on the ticket.

In making his pick, Romney bypassed other potential running mates, including Ohio Sen. Rob Portman, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty and Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell.

Officials said he had called all four to notify them of his decision.

There was one unscripted moment, when Romney mistakenly introduced Ryan as the next president. He returned to the podium to say, "Every now and then I'm known to make a mistake. I didn't make a mistake with this guy. But I can tell you this, he is going to be the next vice president of the United States."

At 42, Ryan is a more than two decades younger than the 65-year-old Romney.

His conservative credentials are highly regarded by fellow Republican House members, while numerous polls during the primaries of winter and spring found that Romney's credentials were suspect among the party's core supporters.

A seven-term congressman, Ryan is chairman of the House Budget Committee, and primary author of conservative tax and spending blueprints that the tea party-infused Republican majority approved over vociferous Democratic opposition in 2011 and again in 2012.

They envision transforming Medicare into a program in which future seniors would receive government checks that they could use to purchase health insurance. Under the current program, the government directly pays doctors, hospitals and other health care providers.

Ryan and other supporters say the change is needed to prevent the program from financial calamity. Critics argue it would impose ever-increasing costs on seniors.

Other elements of the budget plan would cut projected spending for Medicaid, which provides health care for the poor, as well as food stamps, student loans and other social programs that Obama and Democrats have pledged to defend.

In all, it projected spending cuts of $5.3 trillion over a decade, and cut future projected deficits substantially.

It also envisions a far reaching overhaul of the tax code of the sort Romney has promised.

Romney and Ryan appeared unusually comfortable with each other when they campaigned together earlier in the year. The former governor eagerly shared the microphone with the younger man and they shared hamburgers at a fast food restaurant.

In making an endorsement before his state's primary last spring, Ryan said, "I picked who I think is going to be the next president of the United States - I picked Mitt Romney. ... The moment is here. The country can be saved. It is not too late to get America back on the right track. ... It is not too late to save the American idea."

Romney was the subject of an April Fools prank in which Ryan played a role. Romney showed up at a supposed campaign event where he heard Ryan calling him "the next president of the United States" - only to find the room nearly empty.

In recent days, conservative pundits have been urging Romney to choose Ryan in large part because of his authorship of a House-backed budget plan that seeks to curb overall spending on benefit programs such as Medicare, Medicaid and food stamps.

Republican National Committee finance chairman Ron Weiser of Michigan, said Friday night that Ryan's selection would help Romney win Wisconsin and its 10 electoral votes in the fall. The state typically supports Democrats in presidential contests, and Obama won it handily four years ago.

Ryan has worked in Washington for much of his adult life, a contrast to Romney, who frequently emphasizes his experience in business.

The congressman worked as an aide in Congress, and also was a speechwriter for Jack Kemp, who years earlier had been one of the driving forces behind across-the-board tax cuts that were at the heart of Ronald Reagan's winning presidential campaign in 1980.

Ryan is also well-known for his fiendish physical fitness workouts.

His congressional district in southeast Wisconsin has something of a bipartisan voting record. Obama took 54 percent of the vote there in 2008, while the congressman received 64 percent in winning re-election.


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Reader Comments

Posted: Saturday, August 18, 2012
Article comment by: Mia Connolly

@@ Attentive Listener, I read these blogs the other day and had seen the same info about Romney's projected taxes. It came up in an article again today and I remembered your question. I believe this is the original source of that info. So if you're still around, here is where that came from:
http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2012/08/mitt-romney-would-pay-082-percent-in-taxes-under-paul-ryans-plan/261027/#
Also, here is where I read it, along with some related charts:
http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2012/08/paul-ryan-charts


Posted: Thursday, August 16, 2012
Article comment by: Attentive Listener

Is that last one @me again, or @the one who was @me? Using "@ @" normally indicates the latter.

Einstein.


Posted: Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Article comment by: @@ Attentive Listener Prove your claim

I will ask you once more.

I can't seem to substantiate any of the claims you make. Can you back them up, or are you lying again?

1. What Republican plan would have Romney paying less than 1% in taxes?

2. What Romney tax plan? Who is the "the rest of us" that will not have our taxes raised?

3. By law and common conservative sense Mexican citizens do not qualify for food stamps so why is the Obama administration sending people to Mexico to sign them up?



Posted: Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Article comment by: @ Attentive Listener

Google and Bing are your best friends in situations like these.

http://mashable.com/2012/08/11/paul-ryan-brown-noser/

http://www.onenewspage.com/n/Business/74rdtce3l/WATCH-Paul-Ryan-Most-Charming-Moments.htm

There's many, many links but you as an Attentive Listener can surely sort them out. Good luck.


Posted: Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Article comment by: Attentive Listener

@Ryan is a Great Choice

I can't seem to substantiate any of the claims you make. Can you back them up, or are you lying?

1. What Democrat plan would have Obama paying less than 1% in taxes?

2. What Obama tax plan? Who is the "the rest of us" that will have our taxes raised?

3. How do Mexican citizens qualify for food stamps?


Posted: Monday, August 13, 2012
Article comment by: @ Hear that sucking sound... Nope! Ryan is a great choice

Under the Democrat plan, new multi-millionaire Obama, made rich by books he fabricated and did not really write, would have paid less than one percent of his new income in taxes (even Michelle's $350K No-Show job was not taxed).

Obama's tax plan would have been made up by spending 40% more than the federal government takes in, and raising taxes on the rest of us, while the "coupons" we call money in our wallets buys less and less as Mexican citizens get more and more in food stamps courtesy of the 40% of Americans who actually pay taxes, most of them Republicans.

It's obvious why Obama hates Ryan, and equally obvious why the rest of us do not.



Posted: Monday, August 13, 2012
Article comment by: Bad time for a hard right turn

Don't soil your adult diaper over the 1960 election, self-proclaimed patriot. The point was that Rubio could help Romney win 29 electoral votes in FL, whereas Ryan very well may end up hurting Romney more than he helps. Ryan drives the ticket to the right--wave goodbye to the Independents in the middle.

Posted: Monday, August 13, 2012
Article comment by: American Patriot

Hey Romney's Bad Tactics-

JFK did not win anything....His daddy bought him the primary and corruption in Illinois handed him the White House. I am not sure Ryan is the man, but anybody can whip Biden in a debate...I would like to see "UNCLE" Joe blow a gasket.


Posted: Monday, August 13, 2012
Article comment by: Good Choice!

A young budget wizard conservative will help. If you shy away from Ron Paul and Bobby Lindal then go with Ryan. I think this is the nail in the Bama coffin right here. He's stuck with Joe "Gladdameetcha" Biden for godsakes. And he doesn't have triple the money he had over McCain in 2008. This will be close, trust me.

Posted: Monday, August 13, 2012
Article comment by: shano o

Ho hum, a Radian Fan boy jockying for power. He has been a government flackey his whole life, from being on SS as a teen to working as a government aid. His only foray into the real business world was driving the wiener mobile.

And he touts for 'free market' ideology? Face it, both neo conservative foreign policy and neo liberal economic policies have failed and will continue to fail for everyone except the Multinational corporations.


Posted: Monday, August 13, 2012
Article comment by: Time for real Americans

We know 100% more about Paul Ryan in 24 hours than we know about Obama in 4 years.
Romney and Ryan are the real deal.

Judging by the reaction of the Lefties - the Republicans are on to something great!


Posted: Monday, August 13, 2012
Article comment by: Hear That Sucking Sound?

Under the Ryan plan, multi-millionaire Romney would have paid less than one percent of his income in taxes. This cut would have been made up by cutting services and raising taxes on the rest of us.

It's obvious why Mitt likes him, and equally obvious why the rest of us do not.


Posted: Monday, August 13, 2012
Article comment by: Hooty Hoo

Did you see the Obama TV ad that shows some out of work man claiming Romney closed his company so he lost his health insurance and years later his wife gets cancer and dies. IT SAYS IT WAS MITT'S FAULT! Now that is about as low as he can go, but he continually surprises me. Obama is very unintelligent, which is very different than I thought of him in 2008 when I almost voted for him over hapless McCain. Now I'd vote for Bozo the Clown over Bama.

Posted: Monday, August 13, 2012
Article comment by: J ROGERS

Well it looks like the GOP lost a lot of independent voters. But it may well have been a better pick then Palin. But Mc Cain STILL says she was the best to pick from. Shot himself an election. So Mr Romney is going at it again.

Posted: Monday, August 13, 2012
Article comment by: Breaking News

I pray Romney/Ryan will consider {seriously} banning assault rifles. Another shooting near A @ M. Officers shot as well.

Posted: Monday, August 13, 2012
Article comment by: @ Jim Naumann Where is Obama's money and paperwork?

A fine mess Mr. Obama, but where are YOUR college transcripts, loan applications, and Overseas bank accounts and If you believe in America so much why hide the TRUTH!!!



Posted: Monday, August 13, 2012
Article comment by: B T W

... has anybody checked either of these guys' birth certificates?

Posted: Monday, August 13, 2012
Article comment by: Jim Naumann

A fine VP pick Mr. Romney, but where are the Taxes, and Swiss & Cayman bank accounts and If you believe in America so much why hide the MONEY!!!

Posted: Monday, August 13, 2012
Article comment by: Robert Johnson

The corporatist have realized that their CEO is not going to be president. Ryan is set up for 2016 and to charge the House and Senate races. It also tells you that Ryan will sell his soul. It's no joke that Carl Rove's Crossroads USA and Crossroad GPS (dark money) is aptly named.

Posted: Monday, August 13, 2012
Article comment by: Finally We Are Going To Talk About Grown Up Issues

I am encouraged by the selection of Ryan because it will move the focus of this election from silly things like class warfare, Romney's taxes, Obama's grades and other distractions to big picture stuff like how the candidates plan to handle the sluggish economy, the increasing deficit and governmental debt and the upcoming entitlement crisis. I think it is great to have a debate of whether the people want bigger or smaller government. Let's talk real numbers, policy and ideas and leave the negative personal attacks out of the equation.

Posted: Monday, August 13, 2012
Article comment by: Common Senzi

... and I'm still going to be voting for Ron Paul for president this year.

I think I'll write him in for county attorney too. Seems to have more sense than our current one.


Posted: Sunday, August 12, 2012
Article comment by: Yeah 8 Years of

Bush/ Cheny policies. What a wonderful prospect. More wars, more financial meltdowns.. Last time they started out with a surplus and turned it into a record deficit and losing 700,000 jobs per month. This time we'll lose Medicare, Social Security and lower the taxes for millionaires so they can continue their quest to create jobs in low paying countries and finish off the job in turning this into a third world country.

Posted: Sunday, August 12, 2012
Article comment by: Sal Addin

It doesn't matter. They are all the same.
You amerikans will be led to your destruction by either.
They are the ones responsible for your sick society.


Posted: Sunday, August 12, 2012
Article comment by: Time For A Change in 2013!

Time for a real change in 2013. I've had enough of the administration to last forever. Can't wait to see a change.

Posted: Sunday, August 12, 2012
Article comment by: DYNAMIC DUO!!!!!

YES, A GREAT DUO AND A POINT TO A BETTER AMERICA IN 2013. TIME FOR A REAL CHANGE THIS TIME. CAN'T WAIT TO GET MO AND HARRY, OBAMA AND BIDEN, OUT AND FINALLY GET SOME DECENT POLITICIANS IN!!!!!!!


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