Mitt Romney Chooses Paul Ryan As Vice-Presidential Running Mate

Mitt Romney and Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan have appeared together in Norfolk, Virginia, just hours after Romney confirmed he had chosen Ryan as his vice-presidential running mate.

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Ryan, 40, has been a Republican congressman from Wisconsin since 1999. He is chairman of the House Budget Committee where he has encouraged his colleagues to adopt an uncompromising position on fiscal policy.

Democrats have already begun describing Ryan as “the architect of the Republicans’ radical House budget”.

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Romney inadvertently introduced Ryan as “the next president of the United States”:

Paul Ryan appeared on C-Span in 1998 when he was 28 years old. Slate said: “He was almost shockingly poised”.