Pawlenty calls Ryan 'terrific selection'
August 11th, 2012
01:16 PM ET
2 years ago

Pawlenty calls Ryan 'terrific selection'

Manchester, New Hampshire (CNN) - A gracious former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, one of the select few who had been on Mitt Romney's vice presidential short list, said Saturday that Paul Ryan's selection as the candidate's running mate makes for a "great team."

"I think Governor Romney's selection of Paul Ryan is a terrific selection," Pawlenty told reporters. "Paul 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."
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Filed under: 2012 • 2012 VP Pick • Mitt Romney • Tim Pawlenty
Romney fires big gun with Ryan pick
August 11th, 2012
01:04 PM ET
2 years ago

Romney fires big gun with Ryan pick

Norfolk, Virginia (CNN) - The battleship was a tip-off in more ways than one.

Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan descended from the USS Wisconsin in Norfolk, Virginia Saturday with the campaign equivalent of a call to arms. In the conservative movement, there is arguably no bigger gun than the GOP's presumptive vice presidential nominee.
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Ryan as VP pick continues election year focus on Catholicism
August 11th, 2012
12:25 PM ET
2 years ago

Ryan as VP pick continues election year focus on Catholicism

Washington (CNN) - Mitt Romney's selection of Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan as his vice presidential running mate promises to cast a spotlight on American Catholicism in an election year when the tradition has already been a major focus.

Ryan, a Catholic who chairs the House Budget Committee, is better known for his outspoken fiscal conservatism than for leading on conservative Catholic social causes like opposing abortion and gay marriage.

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Analysis: A bold but risky choice for running mate
August 11th, 2012
12:20 PM ET
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Analysis: A bold but risky choice for running mate

Washington (CNN) - Just a few minutes after 7 a.m. on Saturday, Mitt Romney took a step many political experts did not think he would - choosing a controversial and bold running mate and making one of the most important announcements of his campaign at a time many did not expect.

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.

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Religious progressives prepare to mount case against Ryan
August 11th, 2012
11:27 AM ET
2 years ago

Religious progressives prepare to mount case against Ryan

(CNN) - Religious progressive groups are scheduled to hold a conference call with the Obama campaign Saturday morning as they prepare their case against Paul Ryan, Mitt Romney's newly minted Republican vice presidential pick.

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.
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Democrats quick to criticize Romney's choice of Ryan for running mate
August 11th, 2012
11:14 AM ET
2 years ago

Democrats quick to criticize Romney's choice of Ryan for running mate

(CNN) – Responding to Mitt Romney's announcement of Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin as his running mate, Democrats attacked the House Budget Committee chairman for his controversial budget proposals.
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The 'almosts' react to Romney running mate choice
August 11th, 2012
10:56 AM ET
2 years ago

The 'almosts' react to Romney running mate choice

(CNN) - They might be called the "almosts" - those thought or known to be on the short list considered by Mitt Romney for his number two spot.

Republican sources told CNN Chief National Correspondent John King that Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio, Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, and former Gov. Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota - all thought to be on the candidate's short list - received calls from the Romney campaign prior to the announcement.
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Filed under: 2012 • Bobby Jindal • Marco Rubio • Rob Portman • Tim Pawlenty
Largest tea party PAC lauds Ryan selection
August 11th, 2012
10:54 AM ET
2 years ago

Largest tea party PAC lauds Ryan selection

(CNN) – The nation's largest tea party political action committee swiftly praised Mitt Romney's selection of Paul Ryan as his running mate on Saturday. The Tea Party Express said the House Budget chairman is a favorite among activists - despite Ryan's past support for two federal measures that, arguably, inflame the most anger among tea partiers.

"Ryan is a strong fiscal conservative, and he has used his Chairmanship of the House Budget Committee to address the serious financial woes facing the country," Tea Party Express Chairman Amy Kremer said of the House Budget chairman in a statement.
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Republicans react to Romney's choice of Ryan for running mate
August 11th, 2012
10:48 AM ET
2 years ago

Republicans react to Romney's choice of Ryan for running mate

(CNN) – Responding to Mitt Romney's announcement of Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin as his running mate, Republicans praised the pick Saturday morning.

Former President George W. Bush:

"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."
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August 11th, 2012
10:02 AM ET
2 years ago

Exclusive: How Romney chose his running mate

Washington (CNN) – 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.
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