(CNN) – Mitt Romney announced he had chosen Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin as his running mate Saturday as he began a four-day, four-state bus tour. Romney and Ryan appeared together at an event in Norfolk, Virginia, at 9 a.m. ET and again in Ashland, Virginia, outside of Richmond, in the afternoon. Full story.
2:05 p.m. ET: CNN Chief National Correspondent John King looks at how Ryan can help Romney with some of the states President Obama carried in 2008. Watch here
2:03 p.m. ET: "I have to tell you I’m happy today, I hope you’re happy today," Romney says at his campaign rally in Ashland, Virginia to cheers. "I know that the Democrats are working very hard today. They're pulling out all their books and they're looking at every vote and they're interviewing everybody in his neighborhood. They're not going to find anything."
1:58 p.m. ET: Ryan lists Romney's credentials, including leadership of the 2002 Olympics and governorship of Massachusetts, and criticizes Obama's tenure in office. "We’ve seen that hope and change has become attack and blame," under Obama, Ryan said.
1:54 p.m. ET: "We’re at that proverbial fork in the road. We have the choice of two futures ahead of us," Ryan at a campaign rally in Ashland, Virginia.
1:52 p.m. ET: Romney and Ryan are taking the stage at a campaign rally in Ashland, Virginia.
1:47 p.m. ET: CNN's Kevin Bohn and Rachel Streitfeld report on the timeline of Romney's decision. Full story
1:43 p.m. ET: CNN National Political Correspondent Jim Acosta reports from a pie shop stop in Ashland, Virginia:
Ryan to reporters via pool. He said accepting was an easy decision
"It was, it was. We've got to save the country."— Jim Acosta (@jimacostacnn) August 11, 2012
Ryan to reporters via pool. He said accepting was an easy decision
"It was, it was. We've got to save the country."
1:40 p.m. ET: Sunday on a special two-hour edition of CNN's State of the Union, Candy Crowley looks at Romney's running mate selection, his swing state bus tour, and the nasty campaign ads - more than 10,000 of them this month alone - hitting those battleground states. Read more
1:28 p.m. ET: The Obama campaign released a statement saying Vice President Joe Biden called Ryan "earlier today to congratulate him on his selection and welcome him to the race. The Vice President urged Congressman Ryan to enjoy the day with his family, and said he looked forward to engaging him on the clear choice voters face this November."
1:24 p.m. ET: CNN's Chris Welch reports that former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, who was considered to be on Romney's short list, said in Manchester, New Hampshire Ryan is "a bold leader with great ideas for trying to get this country back on track, and I think he and Governor Romney together will make a great team." Full Story
1:21 p.m. ET: Romney, Ryan, and Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell stopped at "Homemades by Suzanne" in Ashland, Virginia where the candidate bought $60 worth of pies. Suzanne's website advertises "Whole Deep Dish Pies, Jumbo Cookies, House-made Rolls, Cream Puffs, Shrimp, Chicken, Tuna, & Country Ham Salad by the pound, and many other salads, soups and desserts."
1:14 p.m. ET: CNN's Jim Acosta reports "in the conservative movement, there is arguably no bigger gun than the GOP's presumptive vice presidential nominee." Full Story
1:10 p.m. ET: Obama campaign released a new web video, "Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan: Back to the Failed Top-Down Policies" which says "Paul Ryan is the mastermind behind the extreme GOP budget plan... it's a plan Mitt Romney endorses."
12:57 p.m. ET:
Ryan has been in the House since 1999. The number of controversial votes he taken will be looooong.— Ryan Lizza (@RyanLizza) August 11, 2012
Ryan has been in the House since 1999. The number of controversial votes he taken will be looooong.
12:49 p.m. ET: The t-shirts are printed...
12:43 p.m. ET: Andrea Saul, Romney's campaign press secretary, wrote on Twitter that fund-raising was spiking for the candidate after revealing Ryan as his running mate.
HERE FIRST: @MittRomney has raised over $1.2 million since pick of @PaulRyanVP #LessThan4Hours— Andrea Saul (@andreamsaul) August 11, 2012
HERE FIRST: @MittRomney has raised over $1.2 million since pick of @PaulRyanVP #LessThan4Hours
In July, Romney's campaign and the RNC raised $101.3 million - an average of $3.4 million per day. Most of that, however, was raised at high-dollar fund-raisers.
12:35 p.m. ET: Former President George W. Bush issued this statement, distributed by Romney's campaign:
"This is a strong pick. Governor Romney is serious about confronting the long-term challenges facing America, and Paul Ryan will help him solve the difficult issues that must be addressed for future generations."
12:26 a.m. ET: Republicans are piling praise on Romney for his choice of Rep. Ryan as his running mate. One prominent name yet to weigh in, however, is the 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin.
Democrats are also reacting, slamming Ryan for his budget plan and tax proposals.
12:16 p.m. ET: CNN Senior Producer Kevin Bohn writes that picking Ryan was a "bold but risky choice" for Romney.
"Rep. Paul Ryan admits that he is the poster child for controversial proposals to reform the nation's entitlement programs: For workers now under the age of 55, seniors would be given the option of choosing a private program instead of the traditional Medicare program and would receive money to offset the premium they have to pay. Federal spending for Medicaid would be sent to the states to manage, and the Social Security retirement age would gradually be raised to 70."
Another analysis, from New Yorker Washington Correspondent and CNN Contributor Ryan Lizza: "Romney has made the most daring decision of his political career. After spending weeks looking into Ryan’s history for The New Yorker, visiting his home town, and interviewing him twice, I am genuinely surprised that Romney chose him."
11:57 a.m. ET:
Wow, Mittsters break land speed record trying to distance from radical Ryan budget. Problem: it looks just like Mitt's!
abcn.ws/Pb7vAs— David Axelrod (@davidaxelrod) August 11, 2012
Wow, Mittsters break land speed record trying to distance from radical Ryan budget. Problem: it looks just like Mitt's!
11:46 a.m. ET: Want to learn more about Rep. Ryan's time behind the wheel of the Oscar Mayer Weinermobile? Watch this:
11:41 a.m. ET:
Romney and Ryan sat down in person on Aug. 5, campaign aide confirms.— Rachel Streitfeld (@streitfeldcnn) August 11, 2012
Romney and Ryan sat down in person on Aug. 5, campaign aide confirms.
11:36 a.m. ET: Religious progressives are preparing to mount a case against Rep. Ryan, CNN Chief White House Correspondent Jessica Yellin and White House Producer Gabriella Schwarz report.
The groups are scheduled to hold a conference call with the Obama campaign Saturday morning as they prepare their case against Ryan.
The Democratic organizations, including progressive Evangelical Christian groups, have criticized Ryan's principles and his budget proposals they say will negatively impact the poor's safety net.
11:29 a.m. ET:
.@PaulRyanVP is an outstanding selection- he's fully prepared to address our economic challenges that have only worsened under Obama-Biden— John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) August 11, 2012
.@PaulRyanVP is an outstanding selection- he's fully prepared to address our economic challenges that have only worsened under Obama-Biden
11:20 a.m. ET:
Paul Ryan's budget ends the Medicare guarantee and shift costs to seniors simply to give tax breaks to the wealthiest Americans.— Nancy Pelosi (@NancyPelosi) August 11, 2012
Paul Ryan's budget ends the Medicare guarantee and shift costs to seniors simply to give tax breaks to the wealthiest Americans.
11:15 a.m. ET:
The day he released his budget @reppaulryan told me this about taxing the wealthy: "We're also saying take away their tax shelters."— Erin Burnett (@ErinBurnett) August 11, 2012
The day he released his budget @reppaulryan told me this about taxing the wealthy: "We're also saying take away their tax shelters."
11:08 a.m. ET: Mitt Romney introduced Paul Ryan as his running mate on the U.S.S. Wisconsin in Norfolk, Virginia, home of the largest naval base in the world. Yet the 2012 election marks the first time in 70 years that all four candidates vying for the White House haven't had any military experience.
CNN Pentagon Correspondent Chris Lawrence has more:
11:00 a.m. ET:
Oh hey - heading to OBX and just passed Romney-Ryan bus/motorcade outside Chesapeake, VA— Deirdre Walsh (@deirdrewalshcnn) August 11, 2012
Oh hey - heading to OBX and just passed Romney-Ryan bus/motorcade outside Chesapeake, VA
10:58 a.m. ET: A first glimpse at the Romney campaign's new logo - with the name of the new running mate.
10:51 a.m. ET: Where does Paul Ryan stand on social issues? CNN's Erin Burnett asked him last spring.
10:50 a.m. ET: Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, another Republican previously considered a top pick for Romney's running mate, released the following statement Saturday:
"Paul is a good friend and one of the smartest guys I served with in Congress. He has the courage of his convictions, which is what our nation needs."
10:47 a.m. ET:
10:44 a.m. ET:
The Gov already teaching the Ryan's the beauty of a peanut butter and honey sandwich. http://t.co/KiPb40CH— Mitt's Body Man (@dgjackson) August 11, 2012
The Gov already teaching the Ryan's the beauty of a peanut butter and honey sandwich. http://t.co/KiPb40CH
10:41 a.m. ET: Perspectives from around the web on Romney's pick of Ryan as his running mate:
Julian Zelizer on CNN.com: "The decision excites many conservatives who have been calling on Romney to go big. They believe Ryan will inject some juice into a campaign they feel has been lackluster and put the focus on the policy differences between Romney and President Obama."
John Podhoretz at Commentary Magazine: "The speech vice-presidential candidate Paul Ryan delivered this morning gives a sense of the quality you get from being in a room with him: He’s not a fire-breather."
Wendell Potter on iWatch News: "If Americans who are embracing Rep. Paul Ryan’s “Path to Prosperity” — and that now includes Mitt Romney — spent a few minutes reviewing a few recent research reports, they just might conclude that the Wisconsin Republican’s plan to reduce the deficit might better be renamed the “Path to the Poorhouse” because of what it would mean to the Medicare program and many senior citizens."
Paul Begala at the Daily Beast: "With Ryan, Romney Has the Plutocrat Ticket"
10:25 a.m. ET: More from Beth Myers, who led Romney's search for a running mate. She spoke exclusively with CNN Chief Political Analyst Gloria Borger.
10:21 a.m. ET:
Campaign crowd estimate for Romney Ryan event: 2500 people.— Jim Acosta (@jimacostacnn) August 11, 2012
Campaign crowd estimate for Romney Ryan event: 2500 people.
10:18 a.m. ET: President Barack Obama's campaign already has a webpage in place tearing apart the newly formed GOP ticket.
"Paul Ryan and Mitt Romney both support trillions in budget-busting tax cuts for millionaires that will result in tax hikes on the middle class and deep cuts in education and other investments we need to grow," the page begins.
Responding to the Democrats' attacks on Ryan, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor said on CNN: "It's nothing but smear tactics, once again, because President Obama doesn’t want ot talk about his economic record."
10:14 a.m. ET: What has Obama said about Ryan's budget plan? He slammed it in April, calling it "thinly-veiled Social Darwinism."
"It is antithetical to our entire history as a land of opportunity and upward mobility for everyone who's willing to work for it - a place where prosperity doesn't trickle down from the top, but grows outward from the heart of the middle class," Obama said.
10:11 a.m. ET: Beth Myers, who led Romney's search for a running mate, told CNN Chief Political Analyst Gloria Borger that Romney is "very methodical in making his decisions."
"What he wants is a couple things," Myers said. "First of all, he wants all the information, and we went about a very thorough process in making sure we had a lot of information about a broad group. He also doesn't like to rule anything out until he has to."
10:07 a.m. ET:
according to Romney internal talking points, Romney will not embrace the Ryan plan— Peter Hamby (@PeterHambyCNN) August 11, 2012
according to Romney internal talking points, Romney will not embrace the Ryan plan
instead, Romney "will be putting together his own plan for cutting the deficit and putting the budget on a path to balance"— Peter Hamby (@PeterHambyCNN) August 11, 2012
instead, Romney "will be putting together his own plan for cutting the deficit and putting the budget on a path to balance"
10:06 a.m. ET:
Romney camp's handling of Paul Ryan announcement- including smartphone app- reflects new intersection of politics&tech #PaulRyan #veep— Josh Levs (@joshlevscnn) August 11, 2012
Romney camp's handling of Paul Ryan announcement- including smartphone app- reflects new intersection of politics&tech #PaulRyan #veep
10:05 a.m. ET: Beth Myers has long been Mitt Romney's most trusted political adviser, so it's no surprise that he tasked her with the job of helping him find the right running mate
In an exclusive interview with CNN earlier this week, Myers described to CNN what the process entailed.
Read more HERE.
10:00 a.m. ET: Romney's slip-up when he introduced Ryan as "the next president of the United States" isn't the first time a presidential candidate made that mistake. Then-candidate Obama introduced Joe Biden in 2008 by saying "So let me introduce to you the next president - the next vice president - of the United States of America, Joe Biden!"
9:58 a.m. ET: CNN Political Reporter Peter Hamby points to a similarity (at least in campaign stops) to the 2008 and 2012 VP picks.
"Next stop for Paul Ryan? Homemade's By Suzanne in picturesque downtown Ashland, Virginia (outside Richmond). Why does that sound familiar? Sarah Palin campaigned in that very place in 2008."
9:56 a.m. ET:
Asked just now about his @meethtepress criticism of the @RepPaulRyan plan, @newtgingrich tells @wolfblitzer that "Paul Ryan listened." #CNN— Michelle Jaconi (@mjaconiCNN) August 11, 2012
Asked just now about his @meethtepress criticism of the @RepPaulRyan plan, @newtgingrich tells @wolfblitzer that "Paul Ryan listened." #CNN
9:54 a.m. ET: Want to read more of Paul Ryan's budget plan? The full text is available here.
9:53 a.m. ET: Mitt Romney's running mate explains what motivates him and why solving America's budget crisis matters to him.
9:50 a.m. ET: Read CNN Political Reporter Peter Hamby's report on the Romney camp preparing a Medicare defense after Ryan pick HERE.
Romney camp is already circulating internal talking points about Medicare to allies and surrogates. Obtained by CNN > on.cnn.com/P0nwZ2— Peter Hamby (@PeterHambyCNN) August 11, 2012
Romney camp is already circulating internal talking points about Medicare to allies and surrogates. Obtained by CNN > on.cnn.com/P0nwZ2
9:46 a.m. ET: Ryan finished his speech, saying "I'm excited for what lies ahead and I'm thrilled to be a part of America's Comeback Team. And together, we will unite America and get this done."
Romney's usual campaign song, Kid Rock's "Born Free," began blasting as the crowd cheered.
The two candidates' families joined them on stage.
9:44 a.m. ET: Ryan is finishing up his speech by listing his perceived contrasts between the GOP ticket and the Democrats: "We won't duck the tough issues, we will lead! We won't blame others, we will take responsibility! We won't replace our founding principles, we will reapply them!"
9:42 a.m. ET: Ryan: "We Americans look at one another's success with pride, not resentment, because we know, as more Americans work hard, take risks, and succeed, more people will prosper, our communities will benefit, and individual lives will be improved and uplifted."
random thoughts: how will this pick affect P90X stock? new trail fashion - tie or jacket but not both?— Brianna Keilar (@brikeilarcnn) August 11, 2012
random thoughts: how will this pick affect P90X stock? new trail fashion - tie or jacket but not both?
9:39 a.m. ET: Ryan, to cheers: "I'm proud to stand with a man who understands what it takes to foster job creation in the economy. That knows if you have a small business, you did build that."
That's a reference to a speech Obama gave in July. Here's the full quote from Obama:
"If you are successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great teacher somewhere in your life. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you've got a business, you didn't build that. Somebody else made that happen. The Internet didn't get invented on its own. Government research created the Internet so that all the companies could make money off the Internet."
9:37 a.m. ET: Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, previously considered a top VP pick for Romney, released the following statement Saturday:
"Congressman Ryan is a respected leader and a bold thinker regarding the changes needed to restore America. His selection will also help Governor Romney win the key swing state of Wisconsin. I am excited about a Romney-Ryan ticket and look forward to doing all I can to help them win this election."
9:35 a.m. ET:
Fact checks on a bunch of #PaulRyan statements by @politifact: politifact.com/truth-o-meter/…— Josh Levs (@joshlevscnn) August 11, 2012
Fact checks on a bunch of #PaulRyan statements by @politifact: politifact.com/truth-o-meter/…
9:34 a.m. ET: Ryan: "My dad died when I was young. He was a good and decent man. He said you’re either part of the problem or part of the solution. Pres Obama has become part of the problem, not the solution."
9:32 a.m. ET: Ryan: I am committed in heart and mind to putting my experience to work in a Romney administration.
9:31 a.m. ET:
Then Romney puts his arm around Ryan and says, "Every once in awhile I make a mistake." Comedy Central producers cheer.— Paul Begala (@PaulBegala) August 11, 2012
Then Romney puts his arm around Ryan and says, "Every once in awhile I make a mistake." Comedy Central producers cheer.
9:30 a.m. ET: Ryan, wearing a dark jacket over a white shirt with no tie, says "Gov. Romney is the man for this moment."
9:29 a.m. ET: Romney corrected his mistake: "I'm known to make a mistake every once and a while. I didn't make a mistake with this guy."
9:28 a.m. ET: Romney introduced Ryan as "The next president of the United States." (Yes he said "president" not "vice president") Ryan walked on stage to the same music as Romney.
9:27 a.m. ET: Romney: "Today's a good day for America, and there are better days ahead"
9:25 a.m. ET: President Barack Obama's campaign manager Jim Messina released the following statement as Romney was speaking Saturday, reacting to Romney's choice of Ryan as his running mate.
“In naming Congressman Paul Ryan, Mitt Romney has chosen a leader of the House Republicans who shares his commitment to the flawed theory that new budget-busting tax cuts for the wealthy, while placing greater burdens on the middle class and seniors, will somehow deliver a stronger economy. 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. His plan also would end Medicare as we know it by turning it into a voucher system, shifting thousands of dollars in health care costs to seniors. As a member of Congress, Ryan rubber-stamped the reckless Bush economic policies that exploded our deficit and crashed our economy. Now the Romney-Ryan ticket would take us back by repeating the same, catastrophic mistakes.”
9:25 a.m. ET: Read more about Ryan's Catholicism at the CNN Belief Blog HERE.
9:23 a.m. ET: Romney cited Ryan as a devoted Catholic, to cheers from the crowd. Vice President Joe Biden is also Catholic.
9:32 a.m. ET
And here are factchecks involving Paul Ryan from @factcheckdotorg factcheck.org/tag/paul-ryan/— Josh Levs (@joshlevscnn) August 11, 2012
And here are factchecks involving Paul Ryan from @factcheckdotorg factcheck.org/tag/paul-ryan/
9:22 a.m. ET: Mitt Romney officially announced Ryan as his running mate, saying his "integrity in unquestioned and his word is good."
9:19 a.m. ET: Gov. McDonnell introduced Mitt Romney to cheers. Romney walked down a set of stairs on the U.S.S. Wisconsin to sweeping orchestral music - a change from his normal country western soundtrack.
9:16 a.m. ET: Gov. McDonnell is warming up the crowd in Norfolk, slamming President Barack Obama for what he said were policies harmful to small businesses.
9:13 a.m. ET: As Romney prepares to name Ryan as his running mate, Democrats will be eager to pounce on Ryan's controversial budget plan. Read more about Democrats' past criticisms of Ryan's plan here.
9:11 a.m. ET:
Paul Ryan, conservative budget hawk..excellent choice who will underscore MR commitment to downsize Washington and restore job creation.— Rick Perry (@GovernorPerry) August 11, 2012
Paul Ryan, conservative budget hawk..excellent choice who will underscore MR commitment to downsize Washington and restore job creation.
9:09 a.m. ET: Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell taking the stage now to introduce Romney and Ryan.
9:09 a.m. ET: Ann Romney and Janna Ryan seen chatting ahead of their husbands' debut as the 2012 GOP presidential ticket.
9:07 a.m. ET:
My colleague Brianna Keilar reporting WH "salivating" over Ryan pick. Oh my...— Jim Acosta (@jimacostacnn) August 11, 2012
My colleague Brianna Keilar reporting WH "salivating" over Ryan pick. Oh my...
9:05 a.m. ET: Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell - who will introduce Romney and Ryan - is walking through the crowd in Norfolk now, getting ready to take the stage.
9:04 a.m. ET: Rep. Ryan's family will join him onstage in Norfolk, a Romney campaign aide tells CNN Political Producer Rachel Streitfeld.
9:03 a.m. ET:
My take on VP Choice: Some people will like it, Some will not, but liberals will HATE the choice no matter who it is.— Herman Cain (@THEHermanCain) August 11, 2012
My take on VP Choice: Some people will like it, Some will not, but liberals will HATE the choice no matter who it is.
9:02 a.m. ET: Read all of the excerpts of Ryan's speech from the Romney campaign HERE.
8:59 a.m. ET: Some details on Rep. Ryan's wife Janna, from CNN Chief White House Correspondent Jessica Yellin:
*From Madill, Oklahoma
*Went to Wellesley College, outside Boston
*Stay at home mom
*3 kids: 2 boys, 1 girl
*Lives in Janesville, WI
8:56 a.m. ET: Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, also previously mentioned as a potential running mate for Romney, will speak in Norfolk ahead of the presumptive GOP nominee and his vice presidential pick.
8:54 a.m. ET: Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio, previously considered a top choice for Romney's running mate, released a statement Saturday wishing Ryan the best:
"Mitt Romney has made a great choice in Paul Ryan. He is an accomplished public servant and a leading voice on the most pressing issues facing our country. Paul is one of my best friends in Congress and someone I have worked closely with as a former colleague on the House Ways & Means Committee."
"Jane and I wish Paul and Janna and their kids the very best. As the Chairman of the Romney campaign in Ohio, I look forward to working with Paul to ensure that the Romney-Ryan ticket carries Ohio and is victorious in November. Most importantly, as a member of the Senate, I look forward to working closely with a Romney-Ryan Administration to restore fiscal sanity and enact pro-growth policies to create jobs."
8:52 a.m. ET: Before Romney and Ryan took the stage in Norfolk, former Virginia Gov. George Allen rallied the crowd. Allen is locked in a battle for a U.S. Senate seat with Tim Kaine, also a former Virginia governor and former chairman of the Democratic National Committee.
8:49 a.m. ET:
Will be interesting to see, starting today, if Ryan can sell his plan to America as well as he did to GOP. #CNN— David Gergen (@David_Gergen) August 11, 2012
Will be interesting to see, starting today, if Ryan can sell his plan to America as well as he did to GOP. #CNN
8:45 a.m. ET:
Our @streitfeldcnn reports a campaign aide says Romney made his decision on Ryan August 1st— Steve Brusk (@stevebruskCNN) August 11, 2012
Our @streitfeldcnn reports a campaign aide says Romney made his decision on Ryan August 1st
8:43 a.m. ET: More excerpts of Ryan's speech, set for 9 a.m. ET in Norfolk:
The commitment Mitt Romney and I make to you is this:
We won't duck the tough issues...we will lead!
We won't blame others...we will take responsibility!
We won't replace our founding principles...we will reapply them!
We will honor you, our fellow citizens, by giving you the right and opportunity to make the choice:
What kind of country do we want to have?
What kind of people do we want to be?
We can turn this thing around. Real solutions can be delivered. But, it will take leadership. And the courage to tell you the truth.
Mitt Romney is this kind of leader. I'm excited for what lies ahead and I'm thrilled to be a part of America's Comeback Team. And together, we will unite America and get this done.
8:40 a.m. ET: John King looks at the pros and cons of putting Paul Ryan on the Republican ticket:
8:39 a.m. ET: A crowd is gathering in Norfolk, where Romney and Ryan will speak at 9 a.m. ET. Watch the event live HERE.
8:38 a.m. ET:
Sr Romney adviser on timing: "We're in a 24-7 news cycle, so this will dominate coverage through the weekend and into next week"— Jim Acosta (@jimacostacnn) August 11, 2012
Sr Romney adviser on timing: "We're in a 24-7 news cycle, so this will dominate coverage through the weekend and into next week"
8:35 a.m. ET: The Romney campaign released excerpts from Rep. Ryan's speech in Norfolk, slated to start at 9 a.m. ET (watch live on CNN or here). More excerpts to come.
Ryan will say: "I believe my record of getting things done in Congress will be a very helpful complement to Governor Romney’s executive and private sector success outside Washington. I have worked closely with Republicans as well as Democrats to advance an agenda of economic growth, fiscal discipline, and job creation."
"I’m proud to stand with a man who understands what it takes to foster job creation in our economy, someone who knows from experience, that if you have a small business—you did build that."
8:34 a.m. ET:
Campaign is still planning on 9a start time for Romney/Ryan event. Romney is here at event site.— Rachel Streitfeld (@streitfeldcnn) August 11, 2012
Campaign is still planning on 9a start time for Romney/Ryan event. Romney is here at event site.
8:33 a.m. ET:
I'm honored to join @MittRomney on America's Comeback Team. mi.tt/Romney-Ryan #RomneyRyan2012— Paul Ryan (@PaulRyanVP) August 11, 2012
I'm honored to join @MittRomney on America's Comeback Team. mi.tt/Romney-Ryan #RomneyRyan2012
8:28 a.m. ET: Perspectives from around the web on Rep. Paul Ryan:
Ryan Lizza (New Yorker Washington correspondent and CNN contributor) wrote of Ryan earlier this month: "Tall and wiry, with a puff of wavy dark hair, he is nearly as well known in Washington for his punishing early-morning workouts as he is for his mastery of the federal budget.
The Wall Street Journal editorial page, earlier this week: "His working-class roots and middle American values would counter the stereotype of Mr. Romney as too rich and disconnected to average concerns."
8:26 a.m. ET:
Ryan will be first pure Gen X'er on a national ticket -— John Avlon (@JohnAvlon) August 11, 2012
Ryan will be first pure Gen X'er on a national ticket -
8:20 a.m. ET:
Instead of a 04 replay of Bush personal attacks on Kerry it may be another 96... When Clinton hammered Dole over Medicare.— Jim Acosta (@jimacostacnn) August 11, 2012
Instead of a 04 replay of Bush personal attacks on Kerry it may be another 96... When Clinton hammered Dole over Medicare.
8:16 a.m. ET: FROM CNN IREPORT:
Rick Huffman, a conservative iReporter in Saint Joseph, Michigan, says it's "very good news." He wanted Marco Rubio for Romney's VP but says Ryan is a good choice. "With him next to Romney, my hopes are even higher that Romney will win this election."
8:13 a.m. ET: So where are the runners up for the running mate today?
Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty is in New Hampshire for Romney campaign events. He said he'll keep his schedule as planned.
Ohio Sen. Rob Portman is participating a 100-mile charity bike ride beginning in Columbus Saturday.
8:05 a.m. ET:
In Norfolk with Romney today: his wife Ann, their son Matt and some of their grandchildren.— Rachel Streitfeld (@streitfeldcnn) August 11, 2012
In Norfolk with Romney today: his wife Ann, their son Matt and some of their grandchildren.
8:03 a.m. ET: Paul Ryan is a seven-term congressman from Wisconsin, but his first jobs in Washington were on legislative staffs. Here's where he got his start:
* Legislative director, Sen. Sam Brownback (R-Kansas), 1995-1997
* Staff, Empower America, 1993-1995
* Speechwriter, Rep. Jack Kemp (R-New York)
* Aide to Sen. Robert Kasten (R-Wisconsin), 1992
8:01 a.m. ET:
So @MittRomney chooses @RepPaulRyan as his VP. What do you think of the choice? Voice your opinion: on.fb.me/N2KTy1— Ali Velshi (@AliVelshi) August 11, 2012
So @MittRomney chooses @RepPaulRyan as his VP. What do you think of the choice? Voice your opinion: on.fb.me/N2KTy1
7:59 a.m. ET:
7:57 a.m. ET:
Congratulations to my good friend @RepPaulRyan! A great choice, and will be an amazing Vice President. #RomneyRyan2012— Reince Priebus (@Reince) August 11, 2012
Congratulations to my good friend @RepPaulRyan! A great choice, and will be an amazing Vice President. #RomneyRyan2012
7:54 a.m. ET: What do you think of Mitt Romney’s VP choice?
Take part in our CNN Facebook Q&A by answering the question about Romney’s vice presidential pick, and then leave a comment explaining your choice.
We will be using the results and some of your key comments in our broadcast, anchored by Wolf Blitzer, during the broadcast happening on CNN now.
7:52 a.m. ET: New gig, new Twitter handle? @PaulRyanVP is fired up and ready to tweet...
7:49 a.m. ET:
Gloria Borger reporting Ryan a devotee of P90x. Leads other House members in strenuous workout system.— Jonathan Wald (@jonathanwald) August 11, 2012
Gloria Borger reporting Ryan a devotee of P90x. Leads other House members in strenuous workout system.
7:45 a.m. ET:
I am proud to announce @PaulRyanVP as my VP. Stand with us today. mi.tt/Romney-Ryan #RomneyRyan2012— Mitt Romney (@MittRomney) August 11, 2012
I am proud to announce @PaulRyanVP as my VP. Stand with us today. mi.tt/Romney-Ryan #RomneyRyan2012
7:41 a.m. ET: Some essential stats on Rep. Paul Ryan:
* Age 42 (born 1/29/1970 in Janesville, Wisconsin)
* B.A., Miami University (Ohio), 1992
* Married: Janna
* Three children: Liza, Charlie, Sam
7:39 a.m. ET:
Romney email: MITT ROMNEY & PAUL RYAN: AMERICA'S COMEBACK TEAM— Jim Acosta (@jimacostacnn) August 11, 2012
Romney email: MITT ROMNEY & PAUL RYAN: AMERICA'S COMEBACK TEAM
7:27 a.m. ET:
@MittRomney has made a great choice picking @RepPaulRyan for #VP. Get the app & follow #Americascomebackteam mi.tt/L2vZpo #MITT2012— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) August 11, 2012
@MittRomney has made a great choice picking @RepPaulRyan for #VP. Get the app & follow #Americascomebackteam mi.tt/L2vZpo #MITT2012
7:26 a.m. ET: James Carville: Democrats will talk about how both Romney and Ryan are "sons of privilege."
7:24 a.m. ET:
Democrats remarkably quiet so far. But James Carville is coming up live on CNN right now. Wanna guess what he's going to say?— Sam Feist (@SamFeistCNN) August 11, 2012
Democrats remarkably quiet so far. But James Carville is coming up live on CNN right now. Wanna guess what he's going to say?
7:17 a.m. ET:
Can't remember if I mentioned this already, but here's a profile of Paul Ryan I recently wrote: newyorker.com/reporting/2012…— Ryan Lizza (@RyanLizza) August 11, 2012
Can't remember if I mentioned this already, but here's a profile of Paul Ryan I recently wrote: newyorker.com/reporting/2012…
7:13 a.m. ET: Here's an image of the message Romney sent to supporters announcing Ryan as his VP pick.
7:07 a.m. ET: Mitt Romney's campaign sent an official announcement on their smart phone app announcing Ryan as the vice presidential pick. "Mitt's choice for VP is Paul Ryan. Spread the word about America's Comeback Team #RomneyRyan2012," the message read.
7:05 a.m. ET: As Mitt Romney prepares to unveil his running mate pick Saturday morning, recent polls show President Barack Obama has expanded his margin over the presumptive GOP nominee.
According to a CNN/ORC International survey released Thursday, 52% of registered voters say they would support the president, while 45% are backing Romney.
Read more about recent polling on Obama vs. Romney here.
6:56 a.m. ET: Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan campaigned together in Wisconsin ahead of the state's April 3 GOP primary. They also happened to be campaigning together on April Fools Day. Here's a look at what ensued.
6:52 a.m. ET: Polls show Americans are largely unsure of Ryan, who chairs the House Budget Committee. A CNN/ORC International survey taken August 7-8 showed 54% of those polled saying they didn't know enough about Ryan to form an opinion. Twenty-seven percent said they viewed the Wisconsin congressman favorably and 19% viewed him unfavorably. Read more on brand new polling numbers on Ryan here.
6:50 a.m. ET: Who is Paul Ryan? For starters, he's considered a rising GOP star and the Republican Party's leader on fiscal and budgetary issues. Read more here.
6:41 a.m. ET :
CNN political team in full live coverage of Romney/Ryan news: @wolfblitzercnn @crowleycnn @gloriaborger @jimacostacnn— Sam Feist (@SamFeistCNN) August 11, 2012
CNN political team in full live coverage of Romney/Ryan news: @wolfblitzercnn @crowleycnn @gloriaborger @jimacostacnn
6:37 a.m. ET: A profile of Rep. Ryan from CNN Chief Political Analyst Gloria Borger
6:34 a.m. ET
Hmm. So this is what xmas morning feels like?— Jesse Ferguson (@JesseFFerguson) August 11, 2012
Hmm. So this is what xmas morning feels like?
6:11 a.m ET
PIC: your first look at the Veep event site instagr.am/p/OLxhMFAuas/— Jim Acosta (@jimacostacnn) August 11, 2012
PIC: your first look at the Veep event site instagr.am/p/OLxhMFAuas/
@Bill Granted, he did say he had "visited 57 states" but then immediately corrected himself to saying "47 states". Listen to the entire speak before you start slamming.
So they are going to move jobs over seas (Romey's history) and get rid of Medicare (Ryan's history)?
Republicans are not afraid to pick their lightning rod conservative who will polarize the country even moreso than Cheney.. now if you can shake loose the brainwashed peoples... it would be a landslide.. and recover the H.R too..
Fool the country once with rich getting richer and poor and middle class getting poorer 2000 -2008. Again? No thanks.
Oil companies? Richer! Banks? RIcher!, Insurance companies? Richer!, Wall Street? Richer!
The poor in this country are being treated similar to that of 3rd world countries but that doesn't make good headlines. If you thought Romney's not too concerned about the poor.. the VP pick steps all over them like in Early French society before the revolution where they chopped off people's heads!
Don't pay any attention to the high school dropouts who post that the Ryan budget hurts medicare or social security. They are currently structurally bankrupt and his plan is the only one that attempts to save them. That's why BIl Clinton came out in support of the Ryan Budget.
Romney has been described as having no real political convictions, no soul. Picking Ryan as his running mate seems to confirm that. It is a Faustian bargain that Romney will come to deeply regret.
Instead of one slice of white bread,
we have an empty sandwitch.
if anyone believes politicians genuinely cares for the people and the future of america you need help, this country needs Ron Paul
That was the most geuniune and empassioned speech I've seen since Effiie Trinket. Good luck.
This is Romney's Sarah Palin!
For those of you saying Ryan plans to get rid of Medicare, you are completely wrong. Read his plan. It says that in addition for the option of staying on Medicare, seniors can also choose to have the government help buy their health insurance. He isn't trying to take money from old people, nor is he trying to take away their health care.
Alright folks, Ryan is vp choice. I think there is something much bigger than just Ryan going on. This is the sign I was waiting for. Romney will win this election. And he will not run our country. Ryan will.
Restore greatness? Is Ryan channelling Reagan??
BTW, when did we lose greatness? Is Ryan trying to say we are second rate now?? Is he mouthing the old Carter malaise line? We all know how well that went over....lol
Excellent choice. It will be nice having a President and Vice President who know something about fiscal discipline and financial management rather than the current lot who only know how to point to a crisis and cry "It's Bush's fault!" Yeah...we knew it was Bush's fault – you said you could fix it so we elected you and Joe to get it done....why is it still broken, Mr. Obama?
Romney could not even introduce Ryan correct . Can you vizualize Romney at a world confernce on war making a staement that he has to TRY to correct immediately . That should make Americas representative look /sound competent.The GOP convention could name somone else that can make sure of their words to be able to compete with REAL Leaders vice his capabilitiy to communicate at a higher level. The good news is that he doesn't stand a chance of getting elected.
Or you could for for Obama and Biden next election and wallow in self pity and video games and wait for someone give you everything
mittens announce he will be VP and ryan Prez cuz that is what the tea party wants?
Read about Paul Ryan on wkpd and tell me how strong he and his record are? To me, there is nothing spectacular about him. He was embraced to by Republican just the way they embraced the governor of Texas until they really found out more about him. republicans seems to always run to someone who make a simple splash or say something against Obama. I think Palin was stronger than Ryan when she was selected.
I have voted democrat in every election I have voted in in the last 20 years. I really don't know what to do. I agree with alot of the philosophies our President has. The part that gets me is the strain on business. I see this first hand. I work for a company that employs about 2000 people and I just got in a management position to have access to the books. We are hurting and dipping into reserves that our owners have built over the last decade. If we do not get some relief for small business, we will be out of business in the next two years. That will be a sad time in our life. I voted for Obama and I really need to see something that gives me hope that they can stop the spending which will ultimately take less tax dollars out of our business and help us get back on track.
Romney your VP choice says he wants transparency, Ryan should ask his boss to release all his tax returns.
Introducing his running mate in front of a battle ship shows, Romney's agenda to buy more wars.
He seems to be so excited to launch more wars, without even thinking. His introduction was erratic saying "Next President of United States – Paul Ryan". Oops!. Man with no ideas!!
The come back team from what? Republican Mass Destruction that no President can fix in 4 years.
Paul Ryan's slogan as Vice President could be: "Say Goodbye to your Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security People!!!", and "Here's Your Nice Big Fat Tax Cut Mr. Trump!!!"
Richy Rich and the man who wrote the Reverse Robin Hood budget – perfect together. The GOP don't even pretend to protect the middle class any longer – they simply throw in some scary nonsense wedge issues (socialist, gay marriage, unamerican, etc) to get the low intelligent ones to vote against their own interests
Thank you Mitt Romney. I have never said that before and will never have a reason to again. But with this pick, as with McCain's pick of Palin, he has guaranteed the election for Obama. Now, the minority of you 98 percenters who think republicans have your best interests in mind, put down the bottle and crack pipe and get yourself "some edgemication..er, education."
Was Rayan dreaming during Bush yeas when spending was out of control