Romney-Ryan: running mate preview?
Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan passed out sandwiches in Waukesha on Monday.
April 3rd, 2012
02:44 PM ET
2 years ago

Romney-Ryan: running mate preview?

(CNN) – Whether or not the two become running mates, Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan have something of a "bromance" going.

Romney has hardly been seen in public since Friday - when the Republican congressman from Wisconsin announced his endorsement - without Ryan.

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They've done brunch (in Milwaukee), lunch (in Waukesha) and dinner (in Pewaukee) together. Ryan even suggested stopping for butter burgers and malts at a Wisconsin restaurant.

They appeared in tandem at a phone bank, and have shared the stage at no less than three town hall meetings.

When Romney's campaign staff pulled an April Fools' Day prank on the candidate, Ryan was in on it.

They even sat side-by-side for a television interview wearing nearly identical shirts.

It's not unusual for Romney to campaign with a prominent endorser in their state. South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley introduced Romney at events in her state, and in New Hampshire, former Gov. John Sununu toured Romney around the Granite State.

Ryan, a tea party favorite whose national profile has been bolstered as chair of the House Budget Committee, is seen as a possible vice presidential nominee.

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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Paul Ryan • Wisconsin
soundoff (45 Responses)
  1. Al-NY,NY

    Good job Mittens......attach yourself at the hip to a clown that pushes thru a budget that bloats the military $ (AFTER agreeing to cut it), cuts spending for the poor and elderly, and makes the rich even richer. If you weren't so clueless it would be funny

    April 3, 2012 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  2. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    A Romney/Ryan ticket would exemplify what is wrong with the republican party.

    April 3, 2012 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  3. Jack in Florida

    Frick and Frack, Laurel and Hardy, Dumb and Dumber, Oscar and Felix .......what a pair!!

    April 3, 2012 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  4. Sniffit

    "Good job Mittens......attach yourself at the hip to a clown that pushes thru a budget that bloats the military $ (AFTER agreeing to cut it), cuts spending for the poor and elderly, and makes the rich even richer. If you weren't so clueless it would be funny"

    I dunno...personally, I think his cluelessness is hilariously clowntastic.

    April 3, 2012 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  5. No Way I'll Vote for Romney

    Is congress taking another break, or is Ryan playing hooky.

    April 3, 2012 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  6. Sniffit

    "When will Wisconsin be decided?"

    As soon as the state's GOP/Teatrolls are done "setting up" the Deiboldt voting machines.

    April 3, 2012 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  7. Scott

    This is the most pathetic thing I've ever seen. How is this silly stunt going to help our country. What is your plan for jobs, Romney, or healthcare, or anything important??? Or is this all about photo ops??

    April 3, 2012 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  8. Christine

    Romney and Ryan for 2012! I bet the democrats are scared.
    Obama/Biden == SPEND, SPEND, SPEND and fully committed to waste money and Obama has no job qualification toimprove the economy..rather. party and campaign
    Romney/Ryan == SAVE, SAVE, SAVE and fully qualified individuals to invest American future and dollar

    April 3, 2012 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  9. Dominican mama 4 Obama (the real one)

    Come on November!!

    April 3, 2012 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  10. Rudy NYC

    Now do you understand why I keep referring to the current Republican budget as the Romney/Ryan plan? It is the GWB economic policies on steroids. It is more of the same, plus most all of the stuff that Bush tried or wanted, but just couldn't get it done.

    I should point out that the plan includes the most harmful of Bush policies. Starting a war-this time with Iran-and invoking a major tax cut at the same time. As Sen. John McCain pointed out on the Senate floor in 2003, the Bush administration was the first start a war and not raise taxes to pay for it, irregardless of party affiliation. Bush did it twice. Now Republicans are trying to scare the country into doing it all over again and again.

    April 3, 2012 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  11. Romney is not My Hero

    What a cute couple. I guess Monsieur Ryan found a new way to "unzip" Romney. *wink, wink* LOL

    OBAMA 2012!

    April 3, 2012 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  12. Rudy NYC

    Suppose we have Ryan Plan Medicare vouchers, RPM vouchers. If I take my RPM to one insurer after the other and get turned down at each of them, who pays for my end of life health care?

    I'm 85 years old, suffering from dementia, have no living members of my immediate family, and I'm near death because my blood pressure is low, going up and down like blood sugar levels in a diabetic. Since no private insurer will pick me up, doesn't that mean I get thrown out of my nursing home to live in the street. Most nursing homes make us middle class folks sign over everything we own before they accept us as a resident. Once our estate and life savings runs out, then we qualify for Medicare. When they throw me out, I have no home left to go to.

    Thanks to the Romney/Ryan plan, I'm infirmed and homeless, dying in the gutter.

    April 3, 2012 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  13. Mikey

    I can't hardly think of a better thing than Romney chaining himself to the rock that is Paul Ryan. Ryan has repeatedly submitted totally unworkable budgets that gut help to the less fortunate in favor of massive tax breaks for the wealthy. Part of his plans would make Medicare unaffordable to 95% of Americans within 10 – 20 years, by providing vouchers that go up in value according to the CPI when medical costs are inflating at three times that rate.

    Paul Ryan – Promoting government of, by, and for the very few. To heck with 90% of America. We have ours. We have power. So, we will have it all. To bad for you. The new GOP America. I say "no thanks". Obama 2012!

    April 3, 2012 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  14. NVa Native

    Mr Potato head hangin' with the super intelligent GOPit who can't even add and subtract? No ownder the GOP is losing so bad in all the polls.

    April 3, 2012 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  15. Claudia, Phoenix, AZ

    Anyone who builds their political career on the backs of senior citizens and the poor as Ryan has and will do if he is allowed to be elevated to the top, is a disaster for Americans. If you remember even the Republicans backed away from Ryan's plan when they realized it was creating collateral damage.

    April 3, 2012 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  16. diridi

    good tickets of two idiots....well, there are others, too, Namratha, Piyoush, Chris christy, Sarah palins, Haley barbour, or Mitch MCconnell, etc, these are other idiots to Corporations R people, my friend, and idiotic Bain-Capital...ha..ha..ha..ha...nonsense..

    April 3, 2012 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  17. The REAL TRUTH...

    @christine – do even haev a clue as to what's IN the Ryan/Romney budget plan? All you dimwits hear is 20% tax cut for the *working american*. That's the same 20% tax CUT for the 1% BTW... but's lets ignore that littel handout shall we. If you get your taxes reduced by 20% – which is admirable bTW – who is GOING to PAY for that LOSS OF GOVT INCOME ??? Someone has to! It's 5h Grade math... take x out of the revenue stream, and it has to come from somewhere else. The gaping hole in Ryan's plan is that it comes from nowhere.. IOW – it's yet another DEFICIT expense from the GOP.. wonderful fiscal responsibility.

    April 3, 2012 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  18. duh

    Look Mommy!! The circus is in town!!

    April 3, 2012 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  19. Unconventional

    That manager in the back of the store does not approve of Romney slinging subs.

    April 3, 2012 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  20. Rudy NYC

    Christine wrote:

    ....Romney/Ryan == SAVE, SAVE, SAVE and fully qualified individuals to invest American future and dollar....
    -----------------
    I feel sorry for your delusions. Save what? Save his own skin, that's what. They plan to eliminate all capital gains taxes, which would mean Romney would pay next to no taxes at all. Since Mitt is one of the all important "job creators", then why is it he hasn't told us about any of his investments that have created any jobs since he left Bain nearly 15 years ago?

    Save what? The annual deficit for FY2013 is looking like it will be just a bit under $1 trillion, which is a $500 billion improvement over where Pres. Obama started. Allow me to introduce you to "fuzzy math". In order to balance the budget, we would need to find a trillion in tax cuts *before* we enact the Romney/Ryan budget. The Romney/Ryan budget would add almost another trillion to the annual deficit because of the tax cuts. That means they are promising you to be able to cut $2 trillion in a single year. Ever heard of the super committee? They couldn't agree on a mere $4 trillion over 10 years. The R/R plan needs to find $20 trillion over the same 10 years.

    Believe what you want, but the Romney/Ryan plan explodes the deficit and national debt, just like any and every other Republican plan has done for the past 30+ years. Save what? Save themselves, that's all.

    April 3, 2012 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  21. NVa Native

    Americans are tired of right wing simpletons spewing hateful lies blended with school boy name calling.

    April 3, 2012 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  22. Irma in North Carolina

    I canot understand why the american people would vote for a republican.

    April 3, 2012 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  23. Dave

    Make no mistake about. Its the workin men & woman & the unions VS the Rich, Richer, & Richest come Nov. Can a brother pull nothin but D s all up in this election?

    April 3, 2012 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  24. cali girl

    Eddie Munster himself and the Used Car Salesman Robmey are at it today.

    April 3, 2012 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  25. SOUTHERN HOTTIE

    What are Mitt Romney's plans for the country? Anybody have an idea?

    April 3, 2012 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
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