Ryan’s clandestine journey to Romney’s ticket went from ‘surreal to real’
August 12th, 2012
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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.


Filed under: 2012 • 2012 VP Pick • Mitt Romney • Paul Ryan
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  1. ThinkAgain

    If this isn't class warfare, I don't know what is. The Ryan budget cuts spending that benefits the majority of Americans, including the most vulnerable among us; doesn't touch military spending, even though our own generals have made recommendations of where cuts can be made without jeopardizing our security; and makes tax cuts for the rich permanent, even though the last 10 years has PROVEN that doing so DOES NOT result in job creation here in the U.S.

    If you don't believe me, check out the CBO reports about how the Ryan budget adds trillions to our deficit. And check out the Nuns on The Bus website, which details the tour currently underway by Catholic nuns explaining how the Ryan budget is immoral in the way it targets our most vulnerable citizens to funnel more money to the wealthiest.

    Obama/Biden 2012 = Not only the only sane choice; the only MORAL choice

    August 12, 2012 01:14 am at 1:14 am |
  2. ThinkAgain

    The Ryan budget would:

    Raise taxes on 18 million hardworking low-income families while cutting taxes for millionaires and big corporations.
    Push the families of 2 million children into poverty.
    Kick 8 million people off food stamps and 30 million off health care.

    The alternate to this is the Faithful Budget, proposed by a community of faith organizations. To learn more and also to read state-by-state impacts of the Ryan budget, check out the Nuns on the Bus website.

    August 12, 2012 01:17 am at 1:17 am |
  3. J.V.Hodgson

    All that means is that you the media were duped as you sat out the front door waiting for him and went home when you decided he was home for the night or whatever.
    You lot are so transparent... you want to be indignant but darenot. so you are saying this is what we pieced together afterwards and you wont catch us that easy next time.

    August 12, 2012 01:22 am at 1:22 am |
  4. hate from the left but mostly lies

    Romney/Ryan 2012!

    August 12, 2012 01:28 am at 1:28 am |
  5. kevgood

    only romney would think adding a goof trying to eliminate social security to the ticket would help him to become president. what is wrong with you, romney?

    August 12, 2012 01:30 am at 1:30 am |
  6. Anonymous

    Can someone help Obama ... he will be unemployed soon and he needs file for his 99 weeks of unemployment.

    August 12, 2012 02:52 am at 2:52 am |
  7. Home

    Unemployment coming soon for Obama, does he qualify for the 99 weeks of unemployment?

    August 12, 2012 02:54 am at 2:54 am |
  8. King

    Europe style austerity policies coming folks, you've seen how it plunged that continent into a double dip recession, I wonder how deep we will slide if mitten and Ryan takes the helm. stop vacuuming out the money from our economy and giving it to the rich, to bypass high middle class earners, and hire robots, computer systems, and cheap third world labor. how the hell these repubs going to take folks food stamps and government workers money and expect the store, and the small businesses around the corner to survive.

    August 12, 2012 06:25 am at 6:25 am |
  9. fhkhfgjgf

    BS it was obvious because the koch brothers are involved he is one of their puppets

    August 12, 2012 06:53 am at 6:53 am |
  10. fhkhfgjgf

    paul ryan one of the obvious choices for the koch brothers now mitt is 150 percent anti-american see how that works–

    August 12, 2012 06:57 am at 6:57 am |
  11. fhkhfgjgf

    america is not run by paul ryan never has been never will be he is just a big tool of the koch brothers

    August 12, 2012 06:59 am at 6:59 am |
  12. fhkhfgjgf

    did you know that the koch brothers could feed cloth and put a roof over the head of every single american 350 million plus people

    August 12, 2012 07:02 am at 7:02 am |
  13. Milton K. Wiah

    The questions people are not asking is, as we know Mitt team asked Ryan to produce many years of tax return, why wouldn't he show his tax returns. On ABC, he even went further to distance himself from his business experience by
    saying the personal attacks on business and his taxes should stop. His RNC chairman on fox news now believed
    the attack on Oboma birth issue is a distraction as well as the tax issue. This means the republicans know what
    is in the Romney's tax return so they try now to believe that Obama birth is now distraction. LIE.

    August 12, 2012 07:10 am at 7:10 am |
  14. Milton K. Wiah

    Jon huntsman Sr. requested Mitt to release his tax returns. He went to suggest Mitt should be fair to the American
    people by releasing those. Guess what Jon Huntsman is the SOURCE OF HARRY REID CLAIM AND IT IS TRUE

    August 12, 2012 07:16 am at 7:16 am |
  15. Ed1

    Just saw the new ad from the people who support Obama has a hand coming out saying Mitt is stealing you money and birth control pills just when you couldn't think they could go any lower than saying Mitt caused a person their death they do.

    This is your hope and change and moving forward people wake up we don't need another four years of Obama and all of his give me all they money you make kind of people.

    August 12, 2012 08:18 am at 8:18 am |
  16. Ed1

    Did Mitt follow the IRS rules and if so just shut up and worry about the economy and jobs.

    If the IRS had any problems with Mitt do you not think we would hear about it just another case of class warfare by the give everything away to people who didn't earn party.

    August 12, 2012 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
  17. bobusa

    Now americans really understand what mitt romney is cooking for our country not only abt his own secrecy but adding paul ryan to his ticket is like giving raw fish to some one who is about to throw up how can u give millions of tax break to millionaires and you can only paid that off by allowing more taxes from middle class or cutting medicaid and medicare are u kidding me let Mr Ryan and Romney realised that the type of backwarded political ideas they has cannot wrk in this civilized modern generation let them wait in d next 300 to 400 more yrs to come but am sorry not now this is a kind off class war fare between haves and have not its not going to wrk buddy am sorry coming this november we the americans care abt each other we stand as one family under one God indivicible and put back mr OBAMA

    August 12, 2012 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  18. Orwell sees it, again & again

    Lame. Two Corporations teaming up to make the rich richer, and the rest of us their servants.

    Definitely two peas in a pod of fascism.

    August 12, 2012 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  19. onlyfacts61

    Romneys selection is STILL surreal to me. The Presidential race comes down to independent votes. Ryans plan is very extreme and unbalanced. There is no way this choice will boost Romney's numbers. And for you pea-brained Romney followers who continue to use this post to describe liberals as jobless, uneducated, lazy freeloaders. The more you post, the more we laugh at your ignorance. You obviously are a Faux news zombie who can't think for yourself. And, if you want to argue a topic, try throwing in some facts or details instead of lame generalizations. FYI, I am a small business owner, have 4 college educated kids, one is a officer in the USAF, and we all support Obama and laugh at Romney and his brainwashed followers. "Brainwashed", believe anything you here with no thought of researching the facts or the truth. Objective vs Subjective, look it up!

    August 12, 2012 09:25 am at 9:25 am |