Politics

12:22pm

Sat August 11, 2012
It's All Politics

Romney's Not Alone In Stumbling Over 'Next President' Line

Originally published on Sat August 11, 2012 3:21 pm

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney laughed off his momentary lapse Saturday, when he introduced his new running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan, as "the next president of the United States." In 2008, President Obama had a similar slip.
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10:41am

Sat August 11, 2012
Election 2012

Transcript: Romney Names Ryan As Running Mate

Originally published on Sat August 11, 2012 10:59 am

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney announces Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan as his running mate during a campaign rally in Norfolk, Va., on Saturday.
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GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney's remarks announcing his selection of Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan as his running mate, as released by the Romney campaign:

Ladies and gentlemen:

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10:24am

Sat August 11, 2012
It's All Politics

Paul Ryan Boosts Romney's Conservative Credentials, But Also Mobilizes Opponents

Originally published on Sat August 11, 2012 3:09 pm

Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin shakes hands with Mitt Romney as he's introduced as Romney's vice presidential running mate Saturday in Norfolk, Va. The USS Wisconsin is in the background.
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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney discarded his increasingly inert better-safe-than-sorry campaign strategy Saturday when he named budget hawk and Democratic bete noire Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin as his running mate.

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10:02am

Sat August 11, 2012
Election 2012

Transcript: Ryan Makes First Remarks As VP Choice

Originally published on Sat August 11, 2012 10:54 am

Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin speaks after being announced by Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney as his running mate in front of the USS Wisconsin in Norfolk, Va., on Saturday.
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  • Listen to Ryan's Speech

Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan's remarks after being announced as GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney's running mate, as released by the Romney campaign:

Thank you Governor Romney, Ann. I am deeply honored and excited to join you as your running mate.

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8:37am

Sat August 11, 2012
Election 2012

Running Mate Scorecard: Ups And Downs Since 1964

Originally published on Sun August 12, 2012 1:32 pm

GOP presidential candidate Ronald Reagan, his running mate, George Bush, and their wives, Nancy Reagan and Barbara Bush, wave from the podium at the 1980 Republican National Convention in Detroit on July 17. In picking Bush, Reagan created a ticket that unified the party.
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It will be a while before we know if presidential candidate Mitt Romney's pick of Rep. Paul Ryan to join the Republican ticket will be a plus or minus for his campaign.

In my view, not since Jack Kennedy picked Lyndon Johnson has the choice of a running mate truly affected the outcome in November. LBJ did, after all, help bring Texas to the Democratic fold in 1960. But the record for subsequent No. 2s is a bit mixed. Here's my scorecard:

1964

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8:29am

Sat August 11, 2012
Election 2012

5 Vice Presidential Picks Who Were Key To Victory

Originally published on Sat August 11, 2012 11:09 am

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There have been a number of instances in recent history where the choice of a vice presidential running mate was an important stepping stone toward winning in the fall.

Of course, it's much too early to know how much of a difference GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney's choice of Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan will make. In the meantime, here is my subjective list of the top five instances in the past half-century or so where a selection of a running mate was crucial to victory:

1. 1960: John Kennedy-Lyndon Johnson (D)

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8:10am

Sat August 11, 2012
Election 2012

Ryan Brings Big Ideas, And Some Risk, To GOP Ticket

Originally published on Sat August 11, 2012 9:43 am

Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan is popular with conservatives and brings enthusiasm to the ticket. He won his House seat at 28, which means that now, at 42, he's a seasoned legislator.
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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's newly announced running mate, Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, has youth and experience. A conservative from a swing state, he has big ideas and the policy chops to back them up.

He also brings a kind of enthusiasm Romney could use: He's a darling of the conservative base that Romney has had a harder time winning over.

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8:07am

Sat August 11, 2012
Presidential Race

Wisconsin Reacts To Ryan As Romney's VP Choice

Originally published on Sat August 11, 2012 10:39 am

Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin has been named Mitt Romney's running mate. Weekend Edition Saturday guest host Linda Wertheimer speaks with Craig Gilbert about reaction in Wisconsin. Gilbert is the Washington bureau chief for the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.

8:07am

Sat August 11, 2012
Presidential Race

Romney Picks Rep. Paul Ryan

Originally published on Sat August 11, 2012 11:13 am

Weekend Edition Saturday guest host Linda Wertheimer has an update on this morning's announcement.

8:07am

Sat August 11, 2012
Presidential Race

Introcuding Rep. Paul Ryan Of Wisconsin

Originally published on Sat August 11, 2012 2:38 pm

Transcript

LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

This is WEEKEND EDITION, from NPR News. I'm Linda Wertheimer.

Paul Ryan, the congressman from Wisconsin, has been selected as the Republican candidate for vice president. Mitt Romney is expected to formally make this announcement of his obvious vice presidential running mate at an event later this morning in Virginia. The pick is a bit of a surprise. Congressman Ryan was not at the top of many lists. He shook off speculation on Fox News in May.

(SOUNDBITE OF FOX NEWS BROADCAST)

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