Ryan’s clandestine journey to Romney’s ticket went from ‘surreal to real’
August 12th, 2012
12:50 AM ET
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Ryan’s clandestine journey to Romney’s ticket went from ‘surreal to real’

Charlotte, North Carolina (CNN) –- Paul Ryan's journey from congressman to vice presidential candidate was cloaked in secrecy worthy of a big-screen thriller.

In the culminating scene, Republican vice presidential pick-to-be Paul Ryan – policy wonk, statistics nerd, father of three – sneaked through the woods behind his Wisconsin home for a clandestine pickup from a top aide Friday afternoon.

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By the numbers: Paul Ryan
August 11th, 2012
03:54 PM ET
2 years ago

By the numbers: Paul Ryan

(CNN) - Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney used an event at the USS Wisconsin in Norfolk, Virginia, Saturday to announce Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, as his vice presidential pick. Romney's choice of Ryan is considered by political observers to be a bold, risky move that could potentially change the dynamic of the Oval Office race.

By the numbers, here's a look at Paul Ryan:

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Romney, Ryan to campaign together Sunday
August 11th, 2012
03:46 PM ET
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Romney, Ryan to campaign together Sunday

(CNN) - Mitt Romney and Rep. Paul Ryan, the Republican presidential candidate's newly minted running mate, will continue campaigning together on Sunday, including at least one stop in Ryan's home state, Romney's campaign said Saturday.

Romney's vice presidential candidate roll-out began Saturday morning in Virginia, when Romney and Ryan appeared side-by-side onstage in Norfolk, Virginia. The pair made additional joint appearances on Saturday, and Romney's bus tour is to continue over the next several days in North Carolina, Ohio, and Florida as CNN reported early last week.
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Obama campaign defines Romney/Ryan as 'The Go Back Team'
August 11th, 2012
03:39 PM ET
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Obama campaign defines Romney/Ryan as 'The Go Back Team'

(CNN) – The Obama campaign released a web video following Mitt Romney's announcement of his running mate in Virginia Saturday morning seeking to define the newly formed pair as toxic for the middle class.

The video highlights presumptive Republican presidential nominee and his running mate pick, Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, architect of the House's Republican budget proposal and chairman of its Budget Committee, as a ticket supporting a drastic budget plan which includes deep cuts to entitlement programs that would affect middle income Americans.
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Romney, Ryan focus on Obama's 'terrible record'
August 11th, 2012
03:31 PM ET
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Romney, Ryan focus on Obama's 'terrible record'

Ashland, Virginia (CNN) – The pomp and circumstance of their inaugural appearance over, Mitt Romney and his running mate Paul Ryan moved swiftly to attack President Obama at their second event as running mates Saturday.

Calling Ryan a man "who appeals to the better angels of the American people," Romney said the pair would run a different campaign than Obama, the incumbent.
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August 11th, 2012
02:30 PM ET
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Live blog: Mitt Romney's V.P. announcement

(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.
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Romney's VP decision: The tick tock
August 11th, 2012
01:26 PM ET
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Romney's VP decision: The tick tock

(CNN) - When Mitt Romney sat down for an interview with CNN Chief Political Analyst Gloria Borger last Saturday in Evansville, Indiana he wasn't giving anything up.

"I have nothing for you on the vice presidential front...I give nothing on that. But I can assure you by the third day of the Republican convention we will nominate a Republican Vice President."
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Pawlenty calls Ryan 'terrific selection'
August 11th, 2012
01:16 PM ET
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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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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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