Mitt Romney has selected Rep. Paul Ryan from the great state of Wisconsin as his vice presidential running mate. Ryan, 42 years old, is a seven-term congressman and mastermind of the Republicans’ budget-cutting plans.
GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney made the announcement this morning on the deck of the USS Wisconsin in Norfolk, Virginian at the beginning of a four-day, four-state bus tour. This comes at the end of an intense selection process. Romney advisers said that the decision was made on August 1st.
Romney praised Ryan.“He doesn’t demonize his opponents. He understands honorable people can have honest differences. He’s never been content to simply curse the darkness. He’d rather light candles.” The announcement did have a bit of a glitch when Romney mistakenly said Ryan would be the next President of the United States. Romney left the stage but reemerged shortly after Ryan started his speech an corrected himself. “Every now and then I’m known to make a mistake,” Romney said. “I did not make a mistake with this guy. But I can tell you this: he’s going to be the next vice president of the United States.”
U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin is considered a rising GOP star. He currently is the chairman of the House Budget Committee. Ryan earned a degree in political science and economics from Miami University in Ohio in 1992 and was first elected to Congress at age 28. He was raised Catholic, married his wife Janna in December of 2000 and has three children. His wife is a tax attorney. The family currently resides in Janesville, Wisconsin.