Mitt Romney Selects Paul Ryan as his Choice for Vice President

Governor Mitt Romney and his Vice Presidential running mate, Congressman Paul Ryan

If your home is anything like ours, discussions of late have centered on the Olympic Games and whom Governor Romney would choose as his VP running mate and the timing of the announcement. Well, speculation is over; almost. This piece is published prior to the official event of the announcement.

Congressman Paul Ryan is an outstanding choice for many different reasons. Those of us that have researched and written to promote Governor Romney for years know him to be a strong, proven conservative leader. Is there any doubt now about his conservative vision for this ticket? No! We know Governor Romney as a man of great courage; Congressman Paul Ryan too is known for bold, assertive leadership. (See YouTube below for a glimpse of how Rep. Ryan is likely to handle any debate with Mr. Biden)

For the next two weeks leading into the Republican National Convention, we will be bombarded with details of Paul Ryan’s politics, leadership, background, families, etc. What do we know of this great American?

Character / Reputation

Ryan is a fighter who will never back away from a good scrap involving truth and he will fiercely defend against any of the many Obama elitist soothsayers and hacks like Burton. He is a passionate conservative - brilliant, articulate, energetic, and hard working. Many conservatives believe Ryan typifies the future of the Republican Party.

Families / Interests

One television news report from last night stated Ryan has 67 cousins living in and around Janesville, WI (his birthplace and current hometown). He is 42 years old, born January 29, 2022 to Paul, Sr. (lawyer) and Elizabeth Ryan. He is the youngest of four children; siblings include his sister Janet and brothers Tobin and Stan. Ryan’s father, grandfather, and great-grandfather all died of heart attacks between the ages of 55 and 59 (his father died when Paul, Jr. was 16). He is of Irish and German ancestry.

The Paul & Janna Ryan Family

Paul Ryan married Janna Little, a tax attorney, almost 12 years ago. They have three children, Liza, Charlie, and Sam. They are Roman Catholic.

Ryan is a fan of the Green Bay Packers, a fitness enthusiast, and a hunter who enjoys hunting with bow and arrows. If he is like my Cheesehead friend, Steve Miller, Ryan considers Wisconsin “God’s Country.”

Education / Political Career

Paul Ryan attended Joseph A. Craig High School and earned a BA at Miami University of Oxford, Ohio in economics and political science (he originally wanted to be an economist). He was first elected as a United States Congressman in 1998 at age 28 and is currently serving in the House in his seventh term. He is chairman of the Committee on the Budget and a member of the Committee on Ways & Means and the Subcommittee on Health.

Representative Ryan is an active and committed mentor to up and coming Republican leaders; he has been instrumental in guiding several individuals in their successful campaigns to elected office at the federal level. He is one of three founders of the Young Guns Program. Prior to his election to the House, he served as a speechwriter to several elected and appointed federal officials.

Social Media

Paul Ryan’s Twitter handle is @RepPaulRyan and he follows only one Twitter handle: @NationalDebt (at the time this post was published, his last tweet was August 5th). Check out the Paul Ryan YouTube Channel.

On April 29, 2012, The New York Times reported,

WASHINGTON — Representative Paul D. Ryan strolls the halls of Capitol Hill with the anarchist band Rage Against the Machine pounding through his earbuds.

At 6:30 every morning, he leads an adoring cast of young, conservative members of Congress through exercise sessions in front of a televised trainer barking out orders. For fun, Mr. Ryan noodles catfish, catching them barehanded with a fist down their throats.

He may be, as a friend described him, “a hunting-obsessed gym rat,” but Mr. Ryan, 42, of Wisconsin, has become perhaps the most influential policy maker in the Republican Party, its de facto head of economic policy, intent on a fundamental transformation of the federal government.


That is not bad for a man who was once just another minion on Capitol Hill, working for a research group, then for a member of Congress, and moonlighting as a waiter at the Hill hangout Tortilla Coast and as a personal trainer at a gym. Co-workers at the conservative policy group Empower America admonished him for hanging his workout clothes out to dry at work rather than laundering them.

“It’s amazing to all of us because Paul was just an ordinary guy,” said A. Mark Neuman, an old friend.

Rep. Ryan and Governor Romney

Late yesterday, Stephen Hayes and Bill Kristol wrote in The Weekly Standard,

Romney and Ryan bonded as they barnstormed Wisconsin in the days leading up to the state’s decisive April 3 primary. Over the course of their travels together, Ryan went from a small role as the guy who introduced Romney at their first event,to someone who shared the stage with him, taking some of the questions and bantering easily with Romney. The expanded role, Ryan told TWS in May, was Romney’s idea. “He knows how I talk and what I say. And I’m pretty clear about that stuff. I think he’s comfortable with that.”

Thursday, August 9th, the editorial board of The Wall Street Journal published its main opinion column titled, “Why Not Paul Ryan?” – A strong endorsement of Representative Ryan:

Beneath it all you can hear the murmurs of the ultimate Washington insult—that Mr. Ryan is too dangerous because he thinks politics is about things that matter. That dude really believes in something, and we certainly can’t have that.


The case for Mr. Ryan is that he best exemplifies the nature and stakes of this election. More than any other politician, the House Budget Chairman has defined those stakes well as a generational choice about the role of government and whether America will once again become a growth economy or sink into interest-group dominated decline.


Personalities aside, the larger strategic point is that Mr. Romney’s best chance for victory is to make this a big election over big issues. Mr. Obama and the Democrats want to make this a small election over small things—Mitt’s taxes, his wealth, Bain Capital. As the last two months have shown, Mr. Romney will lose that kind of election.

To win, Mr. Romney and the Republicans have to rise above those smaller issues and cast the choice as one about the overall direction and future of the country. Americans tell pollsters they are anxious and unhappy precisely because they instinctively know the country is troubled in ways it hasn’t been since the 1970s. They know the economy is growing too slowly to raise middle-class incomes, while the government is growing too fast to be affordable.

Above all, Americans are hungry for leadership. They want leaders willing to take on the hard issues, preferably without the rancor and polarization that have defined Mr. Obama’s Presidency. But they will reward leaders who succeed despite the rancor, as Wisconsin voters showed by their huge turnout in support of Governor Scott Walker this year.

Whatever doubts Americans may have about Mr. Romney’s empathy or background, more of them will turn out for him if they see a leader with a vision and plan worthy of the current difficult moment. This is the kind of candidate and message that voters need to see in the Republican convention this month and into the fall, and it is the message that Mr. Romney’s choice of a running mate should reinforce.

Watch how Rep. Paul Ryan completely dismantles ObamaCare in front of national leaders including President Obama and Vice President Biden; he leaves them virtually speechless:

THANKS to Jayde Wyatt for contributions to this post.

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Mitt Romney Announces Vice Presidential Candidate In Norfolk TOMORROW!

Boston, MA – On Saturday, Mitt Romney will begin his “The Romney Plan For A Stronger Middle Class” bus tour by announcing his choice for Vice Presidential candidate in Norfolk, Virginia. The following events are open to the press. Please note that the tour of the USS Wisconsin and Homemades by Suzanne drop by are pool coverage.

Saturday, August 11, 2021

Governor Romney Tours USS Wisconsin

USS Wisconsin
1 Waterside Drive
Norfolk, Virginia

Program Time:
8:45 AM EDT

Vice President — Condoleezza Rice? (Peggy Noonan)

Please see Luke’s post on topic just prior to this one, below — GREAT comments there too!

Peggy Noonan has been one of my favorite writers for decades now. Most know she was a speech writer for President Reagan, but even without such notable credentials, she is gifted.

Secretary Rice — Photo Credit: AP

In her weekly Op-Ed column in The Wall Street Journal, she describes how she thinks both presidential campaigns are, well, “subdued.”

She ends the editorial with this surprise (referring to one of four items of importance still to learn of the candidates — the fourth being veep choice):

About which a note. Speaking the other day to a gathering of businesspeople from across the country, I mentioned the subdued nature of the election and my thoughts as to its reasons. I was surprised to get no push-back afterward, even from political enthusiasts, only agreement.

But the news: When conversation turned to the vice presidential nominee, I said we all know the names of those being considered, spoke of a few, and then said Condoleezza Rice might be a brilliant choice.

Here spontaneous applause burst forth.

Consider: A public figure of obvious and nameable accomplishment whose attainments can’t be taken away from her. Washington experience—she wouldn’t be learning on the job. Never run for office but no political novice. An academic, but not ethereal or abstract. A woman in a year when Republicans aren’t supposed to choose a woman because of what is now called the 2008 experience—so the choice would have a certain boldness. A black woman in a campaign that always threatens to take on a painful racial overlay. A foreign-policy professional acquainted with everyone who’s reigned or been rising the past 20 years.

I should add here the look on the faces of the people who were applauding. They looked surprised by their own passion. Actually they looked relieved, like a campaign was going on and big things might happen and maybe it could get kind of . . . exciting.

[emphasis added]

There are so many reasons this would be a “brilliant choice” as suggested by Noonan above, in my opinion. She has been thoroughly vetted at the highest level of public opinion. Her credentials of national security and foreign affairs are outstanding. Most important to me is her preparation as an executive leader — indeed, she is a proven executive. If events caused her to become President, she would step in immediately as a strong, tested leader — she would not have to learn on the job as other VP candidates would and as Mr. Obama is still attempting to do (and failing) as POTUS.

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BREAKING: Condi Rice Moves to Top of Romney’s VP Shortlist

Romney/Rice 2012?

The news comes from Drudge:

Late Thursday evening, Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign launched a new fundraising drive, ‘Meet The VP’ — just as Romney himself has narrowed the field of candidates to a handful, sources reveal.

And a surprise name is now near the top of the list: Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice!

The timing of the announcement is now set for ‘coming weeks’.

It was Condi who received two standing ovations at Romney’s Utah retreat a few weeks ago, and everyone left with her name on their lips.

Rice made an extended argument for American leadership in the world.

What are your thoughts on a Romney/Rice ticket?

‘Running with Romney’ VP Series Part 4: VA Gov Bob McDonnell (VIDEO)

Fmr MA Governor Mitt Romney and VA Governor Bob McDonnell (Photo / AP)

Today Bret Baier’s fourth installment of veep series Running With Romney aired on FOX News. Governor Bob McDonnell (R-VA) was the topic:

McDonnell joined America’s Newsroom this morning to weigh in on the visit. “We’re excited,” he said. “[Romney’s] talking about jobs and energy, and I want to be there to help him.”
He added that the only thing he can do is help the voters see who should be the president, because 30 to 35 percent of the Independent voters in Virginia will determine the outcome of the election.

McDonnell plans to help Romney in the next six months by talking about jobs, energy and taking care of America’s veterans.

“Mitt Romney is the guy to do it,” he said. “If we don’t convince people that he’s the best one for jobs with an 8.2 percent unemployment rate and debt reduction with a $15 trillion debt, we’re not going to have a stronger country going forward. So, that’s the role that I’m playing right now.”

(emphasis added)

Part 4- VA Governor Bob McDonnell

Previously aired segments:

Part 1 – Sen. Marco Rubio

Part 2 – Sen. Rob Portman

Part 3 – Congressman Paul Ryan

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Palin Poll Follow-Up

If you haven’t voted yet, do so on the left sidebar. (If you’re reading this at you need to click on the link above to actually come to to vote in the poll.)

I must say that I am quite surprised with the results of the poll so far. I know that a lot of Romney supporters were eager to have Romney on the ticket, but I didn’t realize it would be a deal-breaker for so many. Granted the sampling is not that large, but there already seems to be a pattern.

If the results were weighted +2 for ‘ecstatic’ to -2 for ‘Mac just lost my vote’, we would have a total of 41 positive points and 43 negative points for a net -2. (note: 60 total votes so far)

I believe (and hope) that most of those who have written off McCain because of his veep pick will come around. I think as we start seeing a lot more of Obama and his dangerous platforms that most will return.

Some post-primary polling in Utah comes to mind. I recall reports immediately after Romney dropped out of the primaries that showed McCain polling extremely low in Utah which was hugely supportive of Romney. The result in fact showed him just a fraction higher than Obama with most of the crowd in the ‘undecided’ category. Fortunately, primary bitterness has worn off in Utah and clearer heads are prevailing. The polls for Utah now show McCain up 62% to 23%, one of the largest pro-McCain gaps in the country.

Hopefully we’ll see some more of that as November nears.

~Nate Gunderson

Mitt’s Sister Gets Secret Service Security Sweep at Michigan Home

Is this kind of news indicative a Veep selection for Mitt? I don’t know, but they are peculiar signs not dissimilar to those events leading up to the announcement of Biden for the Dems.

H/T to Justin Hart of for the news. There was no post on it, but he sent it in an e-mail.


According to sources with strong Michigan ties, the Secret Service has conducted a security sweep of the home of Romney’s sister. Romney was raised in Michigan, where his father served as governor.

However, one campaign operative familiar with the working of a presidential-level campaign cautioned that a sweep of such a location could have been conducted in advance of Romney appearing as a surrogate — not the vice presidential nominee — at an upcoming McCain campaign stop in Michigan.

Other sources and some news reports have also suggested that Romney in the last few days might be traveling with a security detail, although exactly who employs this security detail could not be confirmed.

My intent is not to unnecessarily get all the Rombots’ hopes up, but the news will be of interest to most of them I’m sure. Remember to keep a level head, because there is a great possibility still that Mitt won’t be selected.

~Nate Gunderson

GOP Veepstakes Poll: What Odds Do You Give Romney of Being Selected?

Today’s Poll:
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My, oh my, there are a lot of rumors floating around regarding McCain selection of a running mate. A lot of the rumors seem to contradict each others. Well we will know soon enough.

The volatility of Romney’s stock on Intrade is a clear indication of differing news reports and rumors. Who knows what to believe?

One week overview on Intrade:

  • One week ago Romney was floating around $30
  • Five days ago he jumped up to $65
  • Yesterday evening Romney fell sharply to $35 before rebounding to $45 to close
  • As of this post Romney has risen again to $56

Soon the rollercoaster will be over. Please exit on the right.

~Nate Gunderson

ABC News: Romney on the Move

As Veep Rumors Rage, Romney On the Move

August 27, 2021 10:28 PM

ABC New’s Matt Stuart reports: As rumors about Sen. John McCain’s vice president selection reach a fever pitch, likely short lister Gov. Mitt Romney is heading to San Diego.

Following a raucous rally in Henderson, NV on behalf of the Arizona Senator and presumptive Republican nominee, during which there were multiple calls for Romney to get to the VP nod, the former Massachusetts Governor sped off in a white SUV flanked by police cars. Just a day earlier, Romney was in Denver, providing counter programming to the Democrats convention just a few blocks away.

Arriving at the terminal in Nevada this evening, Romney told ABC News that he was headed to San Diego, where the wealthy former primary contender owns one of several homes. When asked if he would stay at his new home in La Jolla, Romney said he couldn’t because the floors were being redone.

Romney spokesman Eric Fehrnstrom earlier said that Romney was headed to California for private meetings and had no public events scheduled.

Could he possibly be heading to Ohio later in the week? McCain reportedly will announce his veep selection in that battleground state on Friday.

There are a lot of rumors going around that the VP is not Romney, but I’m hoping he will be making a trip to Ohio on Friday.

Transcript of Huckabee on the Rush Limbaugh Show

Click here to view the whole transcript.

Topics discusses: The ‘Are Jesus and Satan Brothers?’ issue, the WV primary convention, the RNC convention, acceptability of Veep candidates, and a possible hurricane in New Orleans during the RNCC. The transcript also has a caller afterwards who says Huck is flat out lying about what happened in WV.

I was only able to skim the transcript. Does anyone who listened to it have some thoughts on it?

~Nate Gunderson

Recap by Lizzie (thank you for doing this):

I heard it. Rush pretty much asserted that McCain and Huckabee combined against Romney in WV. Huckabee said, not so, it was Ron Paul’s group that did it. I wasn’t sure if Rush was doubtful when Huckabee explained how the WV thing went, or if he was “set straight”. But, I do recall one thing of note. Rush said, I had no idea that is how the thing came down. Then Mike said, well that’s how it was, I know because I was there. Then Rush seemed to have a “knowing” sound to his voice, like, “oh, you were there, and you want me to really believe you had nothing to do with it.”

Of course, I’m just remembering this, I didn’t read the transcript. And it could be that I wanted to believe that that is what Rush was insinuating. It was a very veiled comment, but I thought that was the underlying thought.

I was happy that Rush defended Mitt when Huck was saying Mitt went all negative in his campaign. Rush said, yeah, so what, that’s just politics and you and McCain gained up on Romney yourselves. That’s what started the whole WV topic I believe.

Just read the article about Romney helping McCain so much in Florida. It seems like Romney would help signigficantly in several states. So what is all this talk about Kay Bailey Hutchison? Is that a decoy, or is McCain foolish enough to pass on the guy most people want for VP?