Mitt Romney Chooses Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan as Vice Presidential Nominee
After an early morning announcement, Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan are set to appear for the first time as running mates at an event in Virginia Saturday morning. Tune in now as Bret Baier anchors Fox News' live coverage. Plus, get background info on Romney's choice for VP -- Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan.
Read Paul Ryan's Remarks on Being Picked as Romney Running Mate
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Background Info on Rep. Ryan:
Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI) came out in support of Mitt Romney shortly before the Wisconsin primary and has been an ardent supporter of the Romney campaign ever since. Ryan’s strong conservative record in Congress and vehement opposition to many of the new policies set forth by President Obama put the congressman right on par to be a great VP choice for Mitt Romney.
Current Position: U.S. Representative for Wisconsin’s 1st Congressional District
Born: January 29th, 1970 in Janesville, WI
•Currently serving seventh term as a member of Congress.
•Ryan was little known outside Janesville when he ran for Congress in 1998 (age 28) and captured 57 percent of vote.
•Ryan’s first budget plan, which he called "Roadmap for America’s Future,” was released in 2010.
•Early in his career as a representative to Congress, Ryan held office hours in an old truck he converted into an office.
•Ryan was the legislative director for Senator Sam Brownback of Kansas, 1995-1997.
•Born and raised in the community of Janesville; Ryan is a fifth-generation Wisconsin native.
•Ryan moonlighted on Capitol Hill as a waiter at the Tortilla Coast restaurant & as a fitness trainer at Washington Sport and Health Club.
•One of Ryan's summer jobs in college was as an Oscar Mayer salesman in Minnesota, peddling turkey bacon and a new line called "Lunchables" to supermarkets – he even drove the “Wienermobile” once.
•Ryan worked as a marketing consultant for his family's construction business before being elected to Congress. The company -- Ryan Incorporated Central -- began as an earthmoving business created by his great-grandfather in 1884.
•Ryan's hobbies include hunting and fishing. He is a bowhunter and belongs to his hometown's archery association – the Janesville Bowmen.
•Ryan listens to Rage Against the Machine & Led Zeppelin.
Highlights of Ryan on Fox News Channel:
“We have still a chance in America to turn this around and get back to economic prosperity. We have a window of opportunity to get through this, but if we lose it, in the next two years, we could have our own debt crisis just like they’re experiencing in Europe, and President Obama is bringing us toward that kind of a moment.” --Rep. Ryan on the importance of replacing President Obama. Watch More Here
“Even economists from the president’s own party say that this is a really bad idea for job creation,” Ryan said. “So he even knows that raising taxes on successful small businesses is not good for job creation, yet he’s pressing forward with this. --Rep. Ryan on the effects Obamacare will have on the economy. Watch More Here
“(The healthcare law) was sold on three broken promises. One, it’s a tax on middle income taxpayers. Number two, President Obama said health care premiums will go down – no, they went up. They went up about $2,500 dollars. Number three, he said if you like the plan you have, you could keep it. Well now we’re finding out that millions of people are poised to lose their health insurance once this becomes effective.” --Rep. Ryan on how the law was pitched to the American people by supporters of the law. Watch More Here