At 7:04 pm last night, the Mitt Romney campaign chose an iPhone app to announce the selection of Congressman Paul Ryan as the Republican vice presidential candidate. A formal press release followed:
MITT ROMNEY & PAUL RYAN: AMERICA’S COMEBACK TEAM
Boston, MA – Mitt Romney today announced Wisconsin Representative Paul Ryan as his Vice Presidential running mate. Below is Congressman Ryan’s biography:
U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan is in his seventh term in Congress representing Wisconsin’s First Congressional District. He is Chairman of the House Budget Committee, where he has worked tirelessly leading the effort to reign in federal spending and increase accountability to taxpayers. He also serves on the House Ways and Means Committee, where he has focused on simplifying the tax code and making health care more affordable and accessible.
In January 2010, Ryan gained attention nationwide after unveiling his “Roadmap for America’s Future,” a proposal to eliminate the federal deficit, reform the tax code, and preserve entitlements for future generations.
Representative Ryan was born in Janesville, Wisconsin on January 29, 1970. A fifth-generation Wisconsin native, Ryan was the youngest of four children born to Paul Ryan Sr., who worked as an attorney, and Betty, a stay-at-home mom.
In April 2000, Ryan proposed to Janna Little, a native Oklahoman, at one of his favorite fishing spots, Big St. Germain Lake in Wisconsin. Later that year, the two were married in Oklahoma City.
[Source: The Weekly Standard]
42-year-old Paul Davis Ryan (R-Wisconsin) has a B.A. in economics and political science. Widely considered to be one of the smartest in Congress, Ryan was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1999. Known for his views on economic policy, Ryan is chair of the House Budget Committee, where he has played a prominent role in drafting and promoting the Republican Party’s long-term budget proposals. As an alternative to the POS’s 2012 budget proposal, Ryan introduced The Path to Prosperity plan in April 2011, which included controversial changes to Medicare. He then helped introduce The Path to Prosperity: A Blueprint for American Renewal in March 2012, in response to the POS’s 2013 budget.
Married since 2000, Ryan and his wife, tax attorney Janna Little, have a daughter and two sons. An observant Roman Catholic, Ryan is a fitness enthusiast and promotes fitness as a daily routine for young people, mindful that his father, grandfather and great-grandfather had all died of heart attacks in their 50s. Ryan is careful about what he eats, performs an intense cross-training routine known as P90X most mornings, and has made close to 40 climbs of Colorado’s “Fourteeners” (14,000-ft peaks).
Here’s some of Paul Ryan’s voting record. He’s voted in favor of:
- Auditing the Federal Reserve
- Repealing Obamacare
- Civil contempt charge against Attorney General Eric Holder (over his refusal to hand over documents on “Fast and Furious”)
I’m over the moon with this bold VP choice!
Romney’s VP pick shows that:
1. He means to court and reassure Christians.
2. He is dead serious about fixing our country’s gargantuan economic problems:
- America is more than $16 trillion in debt, which is 102% of our GDP — a percentage that economists war is dangerous.
- Americans have lost 40% of our net worth in just three years, 2007 to 2010.
- Entitlements now make up over half of federal government spending.
- More Americans (46 million) than ever in U.S. history are on food stamps.
- More Americans (28 million of working age) than ever in U.S. history are on Social Security Disability (SSD), which is only one reason why SSD will be the first entitlement program to go broke by 2016 in just 4 years. That, in turn, will trigger a 21% cut in recipients’ “benefits.”
- The main Social Security fund itself will be exhausted in 2033. [Read more here.]
- As for Medicare, whether older Americans like it or not, the plain fact is that like the other entitlement programs, it is broken. More and more doctors are opting out of Medicare. A 2008 survey found that in just one state — Texas — 42% of doctors said they were no longer accepting all new Medicare patients because Congress had made doing so cost-prohibitive. Among primary-care doctors, the percentage was 62%.
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Update: Paul Ryan is strongly pro-life!!!! WooHoo!!!!