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Romney Picks Paul Ryan as Running Mate

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has made Wiconsin Representative Paul Ryan his vice presidential choice.

Mitt Romney has chosen Wisconsin Representative Paul Ryan as his vice presidential running mate.

His campaign announced the pick Saturday morning, dubbing the two "America's Comeback Team."

The two made their first appearance on the USS Wisconsin, a retired World War II battleship, in Norfolk, Virginia Saturday morning.

Romney's campaign also released a biography of Ryan. Here are some of the facts:

  • Ryan is in his seventh term in Congress representing Wisconsin’s 1st District. 
  • He is Chairman of the House Budget Committee.
  • He also serves on the House Ways and Means Committee.
  • Ryan, 42, is married to Janna Little. They have three children and live in Janesville, Wisconsin.  
  • Prior to running for Congress, Ryan served as an aide to Republican Senators Robert Kasten Jr. and Sam Brownback, former U.S. Rep. and Vice Presidential Candidate Jack Kemp, and as a speechwriter for Education Secretary William Bennett.
  • Ryan is a graduate of Joseph A. Craig High School in Janesville and earned degrees in economics and political science from Miami University in Ohio. 
Lee Jacobsen August 17, 2012 at 08:08 PM
Greg, I agree, racism is not a good thing, my first employer was black, ran an auto repair shop, and I grew used to initially being given the 'crud' jobs as most everyone else working there was black. I did find a niche. I rebuilt something no longer found on cars, 'carburettors', and did it well, which is why I enjoyed the job, and , eventually, everyone mellowed out. My roommate at college was a black man, one of the smartest guys I have ever known except that he wanted to major in polysci. That leads to a question which relates to my Mayor Young comment. Why are the ten worst cities, according to polls etc all Democratic, and have minority populations for the most part? This is not a recent trend. See link. http://www.goall.com/article/the-10-most-dangerous-cities-in-america-all-have-non-white-majority-populations-and-run-by-democrats.html Detroit has been run by the Dems since 1962, and it is practically bankrupt. Former mayor Kilpatrick, (did you know him too Greg?) hired his football cronies and tried to scam vendors, myself included since we are still considered a Detroit business, due to the warehouse. A quote package from the city always had prominently displayed, contribute to the 'children's education fund' , which was a scam run by Kwamie's wife. No contribution = no work. I didn't bid since they took forever, if at all, to pay anyway. What does this have to do with Romney Ryan? They certainly can't do worse than Dems.
Lee Jacobsen August 17, 2012 at 08:29 PM
Greg, at last we agree on something!!!
Greg Thrasher August 17, 2012 at 08:44 PM
JH IMO you are quite angry and frustrated but just one man's opinion of course - EOE unfortunately just like our civil rights laws were an outcome of a racist private sector which long before the civil rights acts had plenty of time and opportunities to measure people on thief merit instead of their hue. Civil Rights laws are not a model of a progressive culture but evidence of a failed society which had to force whites in our nation to respect the basic humanity and dignity of it's fellow citizens. - There is no such fact called reverse discrimination that is a defensive and reactionary - I can think of many others who play a destructive role in the decay of Detroit from Patterson to real estate agents to religious leaders and laws which sanctioned economic racism - I love pies and cakes and cookies -With regard to holocaust definitions Cleary slavery and ethnic cleansing apply the time line is not material nor the type of carnage - I find profanity quite instructive and functional. I have learn to understand that even hate speech has a measure of value and utility - I have posted anyone was ignorant on this site only that some of the comments have been including candidly some of yours like for example your definition of EOE but I am quite sure I have also posted some ignorant comments such is the nature of discourse especially on topics like race and politics. From my perspective candid and authentic exchanges are worth it
Katy J August 17, 2012 at 08:48 PM
1. It's a fallacy that the Civil War was fought over slavery. It was fought for state's rights. Slavery was just an underlying issue of it. Don't get me wrong, the best outcome of the Civil War was that it ended slavery, but we tend to think a lot better of ourselves than what is actually the case. We fought the war because the South decided to secede after President Lincoln made slavery illegal in the SOUTH only (it was already illegal in the North, but border states were still allowed to own slaves). 2. The first American slave owner was a freed indentured servant named Anthony Johnson, a black man. 3. There are many races and nationalities that have been discriminated against in our society. ALL of which is wrong and should be looked upon as such by all people. Greg- I'm not in any way trying to make the plight upon slaves sound any less horrible than it was. It is a unbearable dark time in our nation's history and never should have happened. No one person should own another (regardless of who they are). That being said. No matter how much we debate back and forth regarding slavery and racial discrimination, we will get nowhere. Yes, racism still exists. So does sexism, agism and other ways of discriminating against other people. None of which are right. But Alan is right, that's not what this board is about, and it is starting to become quite a bit nasty.
Teresa Mask August 17, 2012 at 09:01 PM
What an engaging conversation, everyone! Turning off comments on this thread now as we appear to be veering on and off the topic of the original question. Thanks for joining and look forward to reading your opinions on other Patch stories.

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