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Wisconsin's Paul Ryan is Romney's VP Pick

Republican say selection of Janesville congressman is a bold move.

It’s as good as official: Wisconsin’s Paul Ryan will be Mitt Romney’s running mate, the Romney campaign announced early Saturday.

National news sites broke the news just before midnight on Friday night, ending weeks of speculation and propelling Wisconsin into the heart of the presidential campaign.

Shortly before midnight, CNN was reporting that three sources had confirmed that the Janesville congressman, 42, was the VP pick of the Republican Romney. News that Romney’s campaign was announcing its VP selection on Saturday in Virginia broke widely late Friday.

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Romney is to make the announcement early Saturday morning in Virginia, kicking off a four-state tour in his bid to unseat incumbent Barack Obama.

The Huffington Post summed it up with one big red headline that trumpeted that the pick was  “RYAN”.  Even before 1 a.m., the story had generated more than 9,000 comments. By 2 a.m. Saturday, the website romneyryan.com, paid for and authorized by Romney for president, was already up and active and NBC and other news sites were also reporting the pick was Ryan.

Speculation that the pick would be Wisconsin Republican Rep. Ryan swirled on social media and national news sites as clues piled up. For example, it was reported by conservative site "National Review" that a plane that might be a Romney charter was spotted in Janesville and many media sites stated that Romney would be announcing his vice presidential choice in front of the U.S.S. Wisconsin.

Ryan attended the Sikh visitation services in Oak Creek, Wis., earlier Friday, viewing the bodies of the deceased with Mitt Romney’s son, Tagg. Tagg Romney tweeted about accompanying Ryan to the visitation later Friday. Tagg Romney wrote on Twitter Friday: “In Milwaukee today along w #RepPaulRyanand #GovWalker to represent my family and offer condolences to the Sikh community.”

Various news outlets also reported that other top candidates – such as Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty – were out. The New York Times was more cautious, still reporting early Saturday only that “a confidant of Mr. Ryan’s confirmed early Saturday that aides believed Mr. Romney had settled on the Wisconsin congressman to join the Republican ticket, but all advisers had been sworn to secrecy. Three senior Republican officials said that they, too, believed that Mr. Ryan, the chairman of the House Budget Committee, had emerged as the top choice.”  Fox News also at 1 a.m. was still saying it could not independently confirm the pick.

The Washington Post already had a graphic on its site entitled, '5 things you didn’t know about Paul Ryan' by early Saturday. They included, “Ryan is from Janesville, Wis., where in 1884 his great-grandfather started a family construction firm, which is still run by his cousins today.” Another factoid: Ryan drove the Oscar Mayer weinermobile in college. Ryan’s first political job was with Jack Kemp in 1991 at a conservative organization.

By midnight, national cable news media was reporting the Ryan choice as a fact, and soon local news media was too. Ryan’s facebook page bio says he is a fifth generation resident of Janesville.  He is chairman of the House Budget Committee. He is married to Janna; the couple has three children. Pundits on cable news debated the Ryan pick, including Ryan's controversial proposals on Medicare.

CNN: “Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin is Mitt Romney’s running mate pick, three Republican sources told CNN.”

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: “Several national news outlets, including The Associated Press reported late Friday night that Mitt Romney has chosen 42-year-old Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Janesville) as his running mate.” In addition, the paper's Facebook page indicated that they were reworking their front page in anticipation of the news.

Bob McBride August 11, 2012 at 12:59 PM
And Keith sticks a fork in himself with the "Great White Hope" remark. You sure you want to go there, Keith, given your involvement in the 10th district assembly election?
Dirk August 11, 2012 at 01:04 PM
Awesome. This confirms the landslide for the GOP. Demagoguery versus the hard facts facing our country. Substance over style this time around. Counting the days until the teleprompter-less debates; although Biden will no doubt be entertaining as usual since he is the court jester. He even makes our 'president' seem intelligent.
Brian Dey August 11, 2012 at 01:09 PM
Keith, pleeeeeeease, be a spokesman for the Dems!! Or go back to bed and sleep off that stuper you are in.
Rees Roberts August 11, 2012 at 04:07 PM
"go back to your booze bottle and figure out hoe to pay your bills" "go back to bed and sleep off that stuper you are in." Mr. Dey, are comments like these given by a leader? You are talking to your neighbors and others are reading this too. I find your comments unnecessary and crude. Do you have any idea what this does to your credibility? I voted for you for school board but now I am not sure I should have. I would suggest you share an apology to the community and to those who you directed these comments. They served no purpose. And a personal comment....... You said "You have a President that has has not passed a budget in his entire term". Who is elected to pass budgets? Is it a President or is it Congress? Seems to me you making a comment that the President hasn't passed a budget is said hoping people don't understand that that responsibility goes to Congress. And Congress hasn't done a very good job in the last 4 years because the republican strategy is to do nothing and just blame the other side making it worse for everyone. Say a big enough lie and hope the majority of people will buy in to it. It certainly was not the responsibility of the President to pass a budget. Basics, just basics.
Randy1949 August 11, 2012 at 04:35 PM
"Wow, Ryan as veep! Feeling a tingle going up my leg!" Funny, I feel a trickle going down mine at the thought he's being groomed for President.
Randy1949 August 11, 2012 at 04:40 PM
@Brian Dey -- You're on the school board? Let me just say, you're not a good example if this is the standard of education we can expect from your tenure. That's your spelling. Your level of discourse is even worse.
Keith Schmitz August 11, 2012 at 07:59 PM
Bob, who could be so naive, clueless or in denial that there are a number of people in the GOP who just hate having a black man in the White House? That's why they are looking to vote for a dull man to put him there. Come on. What was the birth certificate thing about?
Keith Schmitz August 11, 2012 at 08:02 PM
Why so angry Brian? You got your water boy for the 1% running for veep. Or are you just angry all the time like a lot of people in the GOP?
Bob McBride August 11, 2012 at 08:03 PM
Again, Keith, do you really want to go there? How about we wait and see how the results of votes for the 10th district assembly on Tuesday break down before we start pointing fingers? We may find that Shorewood's "progressives" don't walk the walk.
Brian Dey August 11, 2012 at 08:05 PM
Rees- I am illustrating a point. KS has spewed some unbelievable lies here based on little or no knowledge. The liberals do this all the time including the most recent add that was proven false by of all people , Wolf Blitzer, that Romney and Bain were responsible for the death of this factory workers death. It stinks when the tables are turned, doesn't it? As far as the budget, yes, the budget originates in the House of Representatives, initiated by the House Budget leader, which Paul Ryan did both years, and passed on a bi-partisan vote. The Senate refused to vote on the last one. The President put forth budgets because he couldn't get one from the Dem controlled Senate. The budgets that the Prez put forth received zero votes from either the Republicans or Democrats. Once he interjected himself because of his lack of leadership with his own caucus, it is fair to say that he felt he had more of a role than is required; and he failed... Basics, just basics. When I get an apology for all the smears that KS and others have put out there against me and other Republicans, there will be no apology forthcoming.
James R Hoffa August 11, 2012 at 08:07 PM
@Schmitzy - You were so dead on about the Walker recall election that I'm sure you're also right about everything you've asserted here. Zerban is a joke - he has no platform of his own. His entire campaign consists of attacking Ryan and parroting Obama. Does that sound like someone else who recently lost in a statewide recall election???
Keith Schmitz August 11, 2012 at 08:09 PM
What unbelievable lies?
Keith Schmitz August 11, 2012 at 08:15 PM
Go where? Offending whom Bob? You mean vote for a candidate, who is a very nice and earnest woman, is backed by the De Vos family, the same people who back policies that are poison to the Milwaukee side of the 10th, vs someone who has fought for their rights in needs while in office? I have no problem with that?
Brian Dey August 11, 2012 at 08:16 PM
Keith- I have attacked you because you think you have some moral standing by claiming that all Tea Party members and Republicans are racist. Apparently you don't know your history, and if you solely vote for someone because of their skin color, tha you are a racist. And after hearing your rants, it is apparent that you voted for him purely because he is black. I, myself didn't vote for him because of his skin color, but because, as is evident by his dubious tenure as President, lacked any experience in leading anything. He was a lazy State Senator in Ill. who abstained from almost all of the votes he was to take. He associated with socialists and was very close to someone who was a radical involved in a bombing that killed people in Madison. Again, nothing about race. I have and will continue to vote for the best candidate, not on skin color, but qualifications. That is why I supported Alan Keyes in 2000 and other black candidates including helping the David Clarke campaign.
Keith Schmitz August 11, 2012 at 08:18 PM
Eddie Munster will be falling into a wood chippa.
James R Hoffa August 11, 2012 at 08:20 PM
Hoffa agrees with McBride - although Hoffa personally approves of the pick, it wasn't necessarily good electoral politics. Hoffa also wouldn't call Ryan a true Tea Party candidate - the true Tea Partiers feel that Ryan's plan balances way to slowly, preferring the Rand Paul / Mike Lee / Jim DeMint budget, which balances in 5 years, or the Gary Johnson budget, which balances in 2 years or less, to Ryan's proposed budget. However, the left's denial of economic reality has been effective at convincing many independents and moderates that Ryan is a hard Tea Party guy. Romney and Ryan's biggest hurdle will be in exposing how both parties have effectively pushed the center towards the left over the last 35 years, which is the only reason that Ryan may appear to be extreme today to the low information, non-thinking voter. We need to push the center back towards a true center before it's too late and the rest of the world adopts a second reserve currency, which could lead to the economic ruin of our nation.
Keith Schmitz August 11, 2012 at 08:23 PM
" but because, as is evident by his dubious tenure as President, lacked any experience in leading anything. He was a lazy State Senator in Ill. who abstained from almost all of the votes he was to take. He associated with socialists and was very close to someone who was a radical involved in a bombing that killed people in Madison." You talk about me lying? I've heard Republicans talk in private. Don't tell me there aren't racists in the GOP. Why would so many poor people vote against their self interest?
Randy1949 August 11, 2012 at 08:28 PM
Really, Brian Dey? Bill Ayers was connected to a bombing in which people died, but I don't believe it was the bombing of the Army Math Center.
Bob McBride August 11, 2012 at 08:30 PM
Let's see how the vote goes on Tuesday, shall we, Keith? If you're still feeling pretty good about Shorewood not having gone the "Great White Hope" route, come on back then.
Dirk Gutzmiller August 11, 2012 at 08:48 PM
I thought Dey was just another rough, crude Tea Party type, like oak creek resident or Alfred, and now we learn he was on the Racine School Board for years. The poor kids.
Keith Schmitz August 11, 2012 at 08:51 PM
Just look at Paul Ryan's votes. Medicare Part D, Iraq invasion, TARP, upper income tax cuts, stratospheric military cost increases. This guy is going to cut the deficit? This would be like hiring the local arsonist to head up the fire department. Moreover, tell us where the Romney/Ryan policies are different from what Bush did to drive us into the economic ditch, except what they want to do is on steroids. And what's with these guys coming off of a battleship this morning? Neither one served, and Romney dodged the draft.
James R Hoffa August 11, 2012 at 08:58 PM
@Schmitzy - Well, you were constantly perpetuating how Walker was going to lose the recall election or get indicted before the recall election - remember? On June 5th, Walker won with an even larger majority than in the general election. And last I checked, there's been no indictment or even much going on with the John Doe since.
James R Hoffa August 11, 2012 at 09:06 PM
@Schmitzy - How come Pasch only offered to move to Shorewood if she won the election, as opposed to one of the other communities within the new district?
Keith Schmitz August 11, 2012 at 09:23 PM
Bob, sometimes you are sophisticated and with it, this time you're not. Just watch for my long piece before the election.
Bob McBride August 11, 2012 at 09:31 PM
Keith, I'm more interested in the actual results, not some long-winded attempt at pre-emptive damage control on your part. You could probably save yourself a lot of misspent time as well, since you've effectively tipped your hand here on several occasions, by forgoing the effort - not that you would. Just don't underestimate the ability of those whom you pretend to be looking out for to detect BS just as effectively as anyone else.
James R Hoffa August 11, 2012 at 09:33 PM
@Dirk - Are you from RUSD? Dey represented the best chance the children of that district had. Just because he's not afraid to tell it like it is and doesn't hide behind political correctness you slam him? Did you ever hold a public office?
Keith Schmitz August 11, 2012 at 09:38 PM
As usual Bob you seem to have no idea what I am talking about. It is like trying to describe snow to a Hawaiian. So it is probably best you don't comment on it, because you know I will call you out on it.
Bob McBride August 11, 2012 at 09:45 PM
Keith if you were to surprise me by deviating from your usual pattern, it would be a first. Unless you're coming out as a closet Republican, I've got your number.
Keith Schmitz August 11, 2012 at 09:45 PM
HL Mencken liked to talk about how Americans like to be suckered, so if he were alive today he'd be very much admiring Paul Ryan. Here is a guy who rails against soul sucking entitlements, but it was Social Security that got him and his family through after his father died. And talk about glass houses? His is on the National Registry, which qualifies him for a 20% tax credit. Rails about government? Unlike his opponent for the First, that has been the only place Ryan has worked. Worse he has the gutlessness of his running mate. If Ryan's Medicare plan was wonderful, why didn't have the balls not to exempt people over 55 from having to comply with the new standards. We'll have to see what happens. The press has labelled Ryan as bold, for essentially repackaging the same tired conservative whackoplans that have worked no where, no time. I'll bet we'll be for watching him get his usual tongue bath from the media.
Bob McBride August 11, 2012 at 10:21 PM
Hmmmm...you know, what have I got to lose here...Keith "calling me out" on something if I'm wrong? So what. On the other hand, what's Keith got to lose if I'm right...

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