Romney Taps Ryan As Vice Presidential Running Mate

August 11, 2012

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has tapped Rep. Paul Ryan to be his running mate for vice president.

Ryan is a long-time representative from the northern state of Wisconsin.

Romney and Ryan appeared together this morning in Norfolk, Virginia, to kick off a four-day bus tour.

The 42-year-old Ryan has the backing of many influential conservatives.  He is chairman of the House Budget Committee, and has been a vocal leader in cutting the deficit by slashing the U.S. budget.

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) had been considered a potential running mate. Shortly after Saturday’s announcement, Rubio issued a statement in support of the Romney-Ryan ticket.

“Throughout his life, Mitt Romney has made great decisions, and choosing Paul Ryan as his running mate is a truly inspired choice. I got to know Paul during my Senate campaign when he endorsed me early on when I was still considered a long shot. Paul Ryan is a courageous reformer who understands our nation’s challenges, has proposed bold policy solutions to solve them, and has shown the courage to stand up to President Obama and other Washington politicians trying to tear him down,” Rubio said.

“The Romney-Ryan ticket is going to win in November because it offers the American people visionary leadership to recapture the free enterprise spirit that has empowered countless Americans to build businesses from scratch and live the American dream. I’m excited about the visionary change a Romney-Ryan team will bring to Washington, and I look forward to campaigning with them this fall.”

Ryan is in his seventh term in Congress representing Wisconsin’s First Congressional District.   He also serves on the House Ways and Means Committee, where he has focused on simplifying the tax code and making health care more affordable and accessible.

In January 2010, Ryan gained attention nationwide after unveiling his “Roadmap for America’s Future,” a proposal to eliminate the federal deficit, reform the tax code, and preserve entitlements for future generations.


48 Responses to “Romney Taps Ryan As Vice Presidential Running Mate”

  1. David Huie Green on August 15th, 2012 10:35 pm

    “Fact and Truth are not subjective to a person’s political orientation.”

    It depends on your definitions. Generally a fact is a thing which can be shown whereas truth would be truth whether or not it can be proven.

    There are other definitions which would give different results. Consider the legal definition for facts and juries. Juries are to determine facts, judges are to determine law. Legally this is true even if the jury comes up with a finding of facts which do not square with truth. For example a jury can find a man guilty of a crime which he did not commit, or innocent of a crime which he DID commit. Legally his guilt can be overturned but his innocence can NOT be overturned — even if the observable facts later prove his guilt.

    And then there’s the religious form. Assorted religious groups have found their members guilty of heresy for saying things which can be proven to be true or which can not be proven to be false. In those cases the facts don’t agree with the religious truths.

    I know we’re talking politics rather than meanings of words, but sometimes people become so convinced something is true that the fact that it isn’t a proven fact is lost on them.

    David for true facts and factual truths

  2. Abe on August 15th, 2012 2:03 pm

    I find it ironic how many claim to “know the way forward” yet when they relay their “facts”to back up their claims the nonfact or spin defeats their own argument.

    Fact and Truth are not subjective to a persons political orientation.
    Fact and Truth stand as lonely beacons on a dark shore of uncertainty.

  3. Abe on August 15th, 2012 1:28 pm

    What we have here is a man that wants to be president like his rich daddy did but doesn’t have an original thought in his head. So to compensate for his ineptitude he chooses an ideologue with an agenda for a running mate. Sound familiar? This is our next Darth Vader.
    Ryan along with his Ayn Rand/neocon philosophies will ruin this country. He’s cut from the same cloth as Dick Cheney, Alan Greenspan and Donald Rumsfeld.
    If you have not educated yourself on what Ryan is all about you really should; this is a dangerous man.

  4. David Huie Green on August 14th, 2012 11:12 am

    “So if those cuts make Pres. Obama the Debil, what do they make Ryan?”

    They make him the Debil too?

    David taking test

  5. Rufus Lowgun on August 13th, 2012 5:06 pm

    For everyone hyperventilating about that 500 billion Pres. Obama cut from Medicare, a couple of things. 1.) there are no cuts to benefits, those cuts are to providers, and 2.) the EXACT SAME CUTS ARE IN PAUL RYAN’S BUDGET! The exact same ones. So if those cuts make Pres. Obama the Debil, what do they make Ryan?

  6. Jim on August 13th, 2012 1:05 pm

    At least Paul Ryan did write and submit a budget to address the problem with medicare. Something the democrat’s in the Senate and the President has failed to deliver. In addition, could somebody please provide some proof that Ryan is going to do away with Medicare. I’d love to see that. Last word I heard is that the President has cut approximately 700 Billion from Medicare to pay for his Obamacare. Sounds like the blame is being directed toward the wrong guy.

  7. Veteran on August 13th, 2012 12:01 pm

    If Obama gets reelected everyone will need to get the Rosetta Stone and learn to speak Chinese, and then go to the bookstore and get the Cliff’s Notes for Sharia Law.

  8. David Huie Green on August 13th, 2012 11:16 am

    “The same programs he wants to remove for everyone else. makes him quite the hypocrite, ”

    Possibly, but not necessarily. The Kennedys got rich by illegal activities. That does not inherently mean JFK, Bobby, Teddy would be hypocrites if they opposed illegal activities as they lived off and campaigned using the money derived from that illegal activity.

    Perhaps Representative Ryan benefited but decided it was overall a bad program and he would have seen it from the inside out. Maybe he figured cuts have to be made for the time when China will no longer agree to fund our programs for us.

    Me not know, me not care. I’m just considering the requirements for hypocrisy in case I ever want to pursue it.

    David for honesty and
    reasonable consistency

  9. 429SCJ on August 13th, 2012 6:26 am

    Romney has gone to Israel and kissed Netenyahu’s hand, but I do not believe the Jews feel comfortable with the prospect of a Mormon in the oval office. Then we have Obama with his empathy for the Palistenians, so I am sure they are not comfortable with him.

    It will be an interesting election.

  10. huh on August 12th, 2012 8:05 pm

    @David Huie Green

    Ryans father died when Ryan was 16, he used Social Security and other social programs from that point forward for support and getting into college

    The same programs he wants to remove for everyone else.

    makes him quite the hypocrite, the “i got mine jack” way of thinking of the GOP is going to be a sure win for Obama .

    I don’t support all of Obamas decisions but Obamacare is modeled after Romneys medical plan for Massachusetts. Clearly they both think its a good idea so it doesn’t matter which one you get.

  11. huh on August 12th, 2012 7:57 pm

    the GOP spends trillions on a useless war, and then wants to cut your benefits and programs you paid into, to make up for it…

    Military spending could be cut in half and everyone could have healthcare. Do you know that the USA gives Israel a lot of money and they have Universal Healthcare, paid for by you and I. Yet we can’t have it in our country

    Why is that? Why should we fund other countries and a huge military while we suffer at home. Its time for America to take care of Americans, and stop taking care of everyone else including Wallstreet

  12. Jane on August 12th, 2012 7:52 pm

    I read Paul Ryan’s bill…did anyone else bother? Medicare would be privitized, SSI would be cut for anyone under 55. That means you have to go out and buy your own insurance…many retired people live on less than $1000/person. Try to buy insurance, food, housing, utilities, etc. on that!

  13. Bob hudson on August 12th, 2012 6:01 pm

    Well I stand corrected the GM bailout was started Under Bush, and it is still a stupid idea to this day. See how easy that was? Now liberals need to start doing the same thing, and that is admitting when they are wrong. The only reason liberals don’t like the rich would be because the rich do not feel like funding their war on America

  14. David Huie Green on August 12th, 2012 5:55 pm

    “Tell me you don’t watch fox for all your important news? ”

    Since you asked, I don’t watch fox of any of my news.

    David honestly answering questionable request

  15. Bob hudson on August 12th, 2012 5:50 pm

    Well lets see, do I care if he releases his taxes? No, I do not. Unlike the (You did not build)that President Obama and the liberal base, I do not hold it against any one who has made lots of money, in fact I am happy for them. I am sure they earned it. And yes it is the liberal base that wants ever one to be dependent on the government for every thing. Obama has by pass congress as much as he can to put forth his agenda.6 trillion in national debt, supports gay marriage, has set out to destroy our energy companies, Is a closet gun- controller .And supports Holder in illegal running of guns to Mexico. And Kathy , please enlighten us, if you do not mind, where do you get your news sources from,? Just asking.

  16. Kathy on August 12th, 2012 3:49 pm

    Tell me you don’t watch fox for all your important news? Its the mentality here.

  17. David Huie Green on August 12th, 2012 2:50 pm

    “Ryans parents died at a young age ”

    They were young when they died or he was young when they died?

    I thought his father died when he was 16 or that his father died when he was in his fifties but the child was 16. That would give him social security benefits for two years, no?

    On the other hand, 16 IS young.

    David for youth

  18. David Huie Green on August 12th, 2012 2:44 pm

    “If you watched something besides FOX you might be reality oriented.”

    I keep reading that so often that I wonder who ordered the recitation like a mantra: “those who disagree must all watch FOX all the time. Mmmmmmmmm. those who disagree must all watch FOX all the time. Mmmmmmmmm. those who disagree must all watch FOX all the time. Mmmmmmmmm.”

    And why didn’t I get my marching orders too?

    It makes me curious as to what is on FOX that simply watching is supposed to take over your brain, but I don’t dare risk it with what little brain I have left.

    David for Teen Nick, USA, TNT, Lifetime, TVLand

  19. jesse on August 12th, 2012 2:28 pm

    Mr. Hudson, we all see clearly that you are not supporting President Obama. I am not either, however as opinionated as you appear to be on the subject, does it still not bother you that Mitt Romney has not produced his taxes when requested. Not for the years you have claimed either? Does it not bother you that he is a millionaire business man that has not paid his share of taxes, but rather relied on the working class to pay them? The GM bailout was done by President Bush, not President Obama. Governor Scott, who too are failures.

  20. MQ on August 12th, 2012 1:47 pm

    I 100% agree with Anna. IF Christians would stand behind Romney/Ryan like they did for Chick-Fil-A, we’d have a definite win. But, as usual, I am guessing they won’t.

    Also, I know he doesn’t have a chance of winning, but I agree that Ron Paul would have been the best candidate of choice.

  21. Bob hudson on August 12th, 2012 1:27 pm

    Funny Obama will not release his college records, wonder what he is hiding.? And it is funny no one ever remembers him going to class. I believe when Romney ran in 2008 he released 2 years back taxes, so that would be, what, 2006- 2008- so that kind of makes a lair out of Harry Reid when he says , He did not pay taxes for 10 years. But I am quite sure that now since Obama and the DNC have come out for same sex marriage, a lot of us BDDems will be leaving the party, I have talk to a lot of die hard Democrats who are bailing after this election. Time to leave the party of social leeches.

  22. Bob hudson on August 12th, 2012 1:17 pm

    The funny thing about liberals would be they will never admit when they are wrong or will be more than willing to blame some one else, Bush left us with a 10 trillion dollar national debt , and his dictatorship has raised it to 16 trillion in 4 years, No That his his FAULT, so quit blaming Bush and read some thing other than the left wing media outlets. One day the liberals will realize we are on to their little messed up game, just because you keep saying it , will not make it the truth. Well this is my last election as a blue dog democrat, the party has gone from the donkey to the dogs. Let the libs have it , it is not worth saving.

  23. Pete Barrentine on August 12th, 2012 8:38 am

    I do not care for either one of them. I would have liked to have seen Santorum win the primary, but he did not so now we have a choice between a man whose incompetence has run the country deeper in the ditch, following a man that first ran it off in the ditch, or another Rick Scott, who will rob and steal from the working class and fatten the pockets of the super wealthy.

  24. 429SCJ on August 12th, 2012 7:14 am

    Obama or Romney, either way America looses. Ron Paul is the man all Americans need in the President seat.

  25. Kathy on August 12th, 2012 6:35 am

    You don’t seem to remember very well two long term wars at trillions of dollars, Bush put the save your banks in for another trillion. Most of the 6 trillion debt is BUSH ERA. If you watched something besides FOX you might be reality oriented.

  26. David Huie Green on August 12th, 2012 12:31 am

    I’m glad we’re all in agreement.

    David less serious than usual

  27. huh on August 11th, 2012 11:34 pm

    Ryans parents died at a young age , he used social programs and social security to get where he is now only to try and cut it.

    “i got mine jack” Ryan , isnt going to win anyone over. Why shouldn’t i be entitled to use programs i have paid into?

    The whole “i got mine, who cares about you” attitude , along with elitist mitt romney are going no where.

    Remember when they used to scream on tv about Obama being an Elitist? Well, Romney has an Olympic horse and a Car Elevator. …. How many average Americans have those?

    They dont connect with the average person in any way. Romney refuses to release his tax documents what is he hiding? After the big deal about Obamas birth cert, where is the up roar about Romneys taxes? This is the highest office in the land and he is refusing to show his papers

    Romney either paid no taxes or has something to hide in his offshore accounts. We dont need another wallstreet , corporate welfare crook

  28. Cynthia Koklas on August 11th, 2012 10:56 pm

    Wake up people!!! Obama has cut 716,000,000,000 (yes, 716 Billion) from Medicare to pay for Obamacare. You know…to help pay for extending care to all Americans. Why do you think Obama has put in place a panel of Washington bureaucrats to make decisions about what kind of care seniors will receive under Medicare. Talk about pushing Granny off the cliff! For instance, a 15 member panel will decide if Grandma and Grandpa get the stamp of approval for that expensive procedure, surgery, or life sustaining medication, dependent on the remaining life expectancy of Grandma or Grandpa. As referred to by Ezekiel Emanuel (Rahm Emanuel’s brother and death panel member) the Medicare participant’s “benefit to society” will be compared to the cost of the procedure to determine approval or disapproval. For those naysayers…you may read the article at Pay particular attention to the section entitled “Promoting and rewarding social usefulness.” Also, did you know that under Obamacare, Medicare will be insolvent by the year 2024??? Very disconcerting to those of us who will then be one of those seniors.
    Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan have laid out commonsense reforms that will make good on promises to today’s seniors while saving Social Security and Medicare for future generations. They are not cutting Medicare. They will have a bipartisan plan to strengthen Medicare by giving future seniors (all under the age of 55) the choice between traditional Medicare and a variety of private plans. All over the age of 55 at the time the program is implemented will be able to keep their full Medicare benefits as presently outlined.

  29. Chris2 on August 11th, 2012 9:43 pm

    For those on here , that have not done their homework :
    FACT#1>>> Obamacare has already stolen $716,000,000.00 from Medicare
    FACT#2>>> If you vote to leave this unqualified- Liar (and yes, I can show you a list of the lies he has told the American people), in office for another 4 yrs., Medicare is gauranteed to be broke/BANKRUPT atleast by 2024.
    So, if you do not know enough about all of this to make a good ,educated decision,on who to vote for,and if you want to keep Medicare and the entire>>>>>>>>>> AMERICAN DREAM alive, please, just don’t vote at all!
    FACT#3>>> Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan is our only hope for this GREAT NATION, since Obama and Co., will destroy capitalism in another 4 YRs. (that is, if they have not already?) God help all of us “TRUE AMERICAN”S” if we continue to elect these radical-liberals to lead our country down this road to Big Government / Socialism!!
    PLEASE>>>Wake up American’s, before it is absolutley toooo late!

  30. wow! on August 11th, 2012 9:37 pm

    I can’t believe how many people think Social security would be abolished. The fact is not enough people are paying into social security to continue funding as we currently fund the program. If cuts are not made, and more scrutiny for those receiving it are not observed, the program is going to fail.
    I’m shocked at how someone can be so misinformed about the budgetary state of this country. Please take the time to get informed from something other than your local newspaper.

  31. just tired on August 11th, 2012 8:49 pm

    People had better really be sure about the choice they make in November, because there are a lot of seniors and disabled who depend on Social Security, SSI and Medicare to survive. And everyone knows that Republicans do not care about the poor and underpriviledged in this country.

  32. Jane on August 11th, 2012 8:07 pm

    Paul Ryan is the one who has a bill set up to end medicare and SSI. What will all the older people do who have paid into this all their lives? Live in cardboard boxes with no medical insurance? Entitlement…yes, we ARE entitled to it…it is OUR money! If the government hadn’t kept taking money out of medicare and SSI for other things we would not be having this discusssion. I may have to vote for Obama.

  33. me on August 11th, 2012 6:15 pm

    Wow!!! Good choice, Romney! Romney Ryan 2012!!! At least they think things through!

  34. huh on August 11th, 2012 5:52 pm

    This is a sure win for Obama as Ryan wants to hand out voucher welfare for medical and take away programs you have already paid in to.

  35. chris1 on August 11th, 2012 5:18 pm

    reply to Travis on August 11th, 2012 2:58 pm.
    “We need Romney and Ryan to right the ship.”

    Dems are Repubs are 2 heads of the same snake.
    Look back over the past 50 years , both have increased the debt, got us into wars (that are not our problem) , devalued the dollar, sold out to corporations etc.
    WAKE UP>

  36. chris1 on August 11th, 2012 5:12 pm

    PR is another CFR , big govt, Fed reserve flunkie,
    Nothing new, just another obama type.
    Real debt of the USA ,,,,,200 TRILLION Prof l. Kotlikoff

  37. Bob hudson on August 11th, 2012 3:35 pm

    Lets get this straight, Government does not build any thing, Why, ? It takes OUR tax dollars to support government , that can do nothing with out our money. So when Obama said ( if you own a business , you did not build that ). Well he shot his self in the foot , because a lot of business are now highly offended about this statement. Good Job Obama, lets insult the back bone and working people of this country. The only thing he has done for business is to regulate it to death. Same with the energy companies , He has given to much power to the EPA, and they need to be reigned in. Illegals sure why not ? Let them stay and suck the life out of the USDA Assist program that was suppose to be for The LEGAL USA CITIZEN . Wonder what he has in his plans for us with Russia , since he told them things would change if he is reelected? Like I said (crash & burn)

  38. Bob hudson on August 11th, 2012 2:59 pm

    Yep , want to go another 6 trillion dollars more in national debt, have government even more involved in your life, telling you what to do, get rid of our 2nd amendment rights, and waste millions on green tech that is going bankrupt ? Then Vote for his highness. He promised (Hope And Change) All we got was (crash and burn) .

  39. Travis on August 11th, 2012 2:58 pm

    All I want is for Obama and the Feds. to get out of my life, and let me work and take care for my family and my self. We need Romney and Ryan to right the ship.

  40. Anna on August 11th, 2012 2:20 pm

    If Christians could get tired and rally together for the Romney/Ryan ticket like we did for Chickfila, we could show the world what CHANGE is.

  41. paul on August 11th, 2012 1:31 pm

    Voting for a 1%er for president would be like Turkeys voting for another Thanksgiving.. romney and his Ilk are what is wrong with the world, I don’t understand how so many just can’t see it..

  42. Bob hudson on August 11th, 2012 1:15 pm

    Well with all the lies out of the Obama group, you know they say he did not pay taxes for ten years, said he kill a woman with cancer, denies any thing to do with Fast & Furious , killed pensions to 20,000, non-union workers, takes as much money from wall street as possible, And now wants to bail out every industry in the country like GM, which is a failure, and refuses to protect our borders or deal with all the illegals in this country, and does every thing he can to by pass congress, and put as many people on USDA welfare as possible, Oh and is pro-gun control, well he could not do a better job, to make a point NOT to reelect himself. His true dictatorship is coming out , and the meaner he getsand bitter, the more mistakes he makes, I am so glad to see his champign implode on its self, he deserves it.

  43. jw on August 11th, 2012 12:51 pm

    @No Way I see you’re brainwashed and misinformed.Obama is the one who’s cutting 700 billion out of medicare.Nobodys taking away soc sec or your entitlements,in fact Ryan wants to preserve them

  44. James Broel on August 11th, 2012 12:29 pm

    I call the election too…thank goodness Mitt chose someone more crazy than he is. This will even more give Obama a favorable win!! Thanks Mitt!!

  45. molino jim on August 11th, 2012 12:28 pm

    @ Dee and others. You may wish to look at how Ryan wants to cut the budget. Hope none of you are using Medicare or other government health programs. Also those free school lunches , cuts in S.S, highway funding and on and on. Which government programs would you like to cut? Please read about this young man.

  46. Otto on August 11th, 2012 12:27 pm

    “This means a win for Obama! Ryan wants to do away with your Soc.Sec. and Medicare — you paid for !”

    Don’t let them feed you that garbage either about “…getting more than you paid in.” Your employer matches the taxes that you pay in for SS and Medicare. Also, that dollar that you paid into SS in 1970 is worth $5.99 in 2012, adjusted for inflation.

    Something else that must be considered is the people that die before ever drawing a cent from SS. Unless they have underage childern, or a spouse that can receive benefits, what these people and their employer paid in is just gravy for the government.

  47. No Way on August 11th, 2012 10:13 am

    This means a win for Obama! Ryan wants to do away with your Soc.Sec. and Medicare — you paid for !

  48. Dee on August 11th, 2012 9:50 am

    Now it’s time to get down to business. They need to stand tough against the ridiculous stunts that are sure to be pulled by the Obama campaign. I hope they have more guts and backbone than McCain did. I m proud that he served our country but he didn’t have what it takes to be the president of the greates nation on earth. This is not going to be a camapign that can be fought being afraid to get down and dirty. I think Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan can take it. I guess we will see if they have what it takes.

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