(CNN) – Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin is considered a rising GOP star and the Republican Party's leader on fiscal and budgetary issues.
The chairman of the House Budget Committee was first elected to Congress at age 28, and later helped launch the party's "Young Guns" program to recruit candidates in districts where Republicans lost.
(CNN) – Just hours before Mitt Romney is expected to announce his running mate Saturday morning–which three sources told CNN would be Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin–the House Budget Committee chairman's name was added to Romney's official website URL: RomneyRyan.com.
The address leads to the website's home page that features a graphic touting "America's Comeback Team," though it doesn't list Ryan's name on the website itself.
(CNN) – Mitt Romney made his long-anticipated vice presidential announcement Saturday morning, naming U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin as his running mate.
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.
(CNN) – Three Republican sources tell CNN that Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin is Mitt Romney’s running mate pick.
Manchester, New Hampshire (CNN) - Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, widely speculated to be a top contender to be Mitt Romney's running mate, said late Friday that he had not received a phone call from the presumptive GOP nominee about Romney's choice as news was breaking that Romney would announce his pick on Saturday.
"I did not get a phone call from him tonight," Pawlenty told CNN, adding that he's keeping his campaign schedule in New Hampshire on Saturday.
Editor's note: The 2012 presidential race is John King's seventh campaign. With presumptive Republican candidate Mitt Romney set to pick his running mate in the coming days, CNN's chief national correspondent looks at those believed to be in the running to be his potential vice president. King profiled former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty on Wednesday and Ohio Sen. Rob Portman on Thursday. Scheduling conflicts prevented Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan from sitting down to an interview for this story.
WASHINGTON, DC (CNN) - For Paul Ryan, debating Joe Biden might feel like a bit of a demotion.
He has, after all, been at the center of the budget debate with President Barack Obama and the entire Democratic Party for several years now, including some memorable, direct exchanges with the president.
Washington (CNN) – They don't get a say when it comes to whom Mitt Romney will pick as his running mate, but a new national survey indicates that rank and file Republicans say it's critical that person be qualified to become president if needed.
According to a new CNN/ORC International poll released Friday, nearly nine in ten Republicans and independents who lean towards the GOP say that it's very important to them that Romney choose a running mate who can take over in the White House if necessary.
(CNN) – As Mitt Romney hits the road for his four-state bus tour this weekend, could he possibly reveal his running mate pick on the road?
Starting Saturday, the presumptive GOP nominee will blaze through Virginia, North Carolina, Florida, and Ohio - all battleground states in this fall's election.
Editor's note: The 2012 presidential race is John King's seventh campaign. With presumptive Republican candidate Mitt Romney set to pick his running mate in the coming days, CNN's chief national correspondent looks at those believed to be in the running to be his potential vice president. On Friday, King profiles Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan.
SHELBY, Ohio (CNN) - At the edge of the Alt farm cornfield, Ohio Sen. Rob Portman gets a firsthand look at the impact of a punishing drought.
"These guys have crop insurance, which will cover most of their losses," Portman says of the Alt family, which has been farming this land since 1959. "But going forward, we need to prove predictability and certainty with a new farm bill."
(CNN) - Asked Thursday what Mitt Romney wants his running mate to say about the presumptive GOP nominee, the candidate said he's looking for someone with "strength of character."
"I don't think I have anything for you on the VP running mate," Romney said in an interview on NBC News. "I certainly expect to have a person that has a strength of character, a vision for the country that adds something to the political discourse about the direction of the country."