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What's In A Keynote? Making A Splash At Conventions

Democrats have announced that San Antonio mayor Julian Castro will be the keynote speaker at that party's convention. In the past, that role has served as a platform for bigger things. Political scientist Costas Panagopoulos, who studies party conventions, was at that 2004 Democratic convention when the then-unknown Barack Obama dazzled the delegates. He talks to host Guy Raz about what makes a great keynote speaker.

What An Ayn Rand View Could Do For Romney

Mitt Romney's newly announced running mate, Paul Ryan, has long subscribed to the objectivist philosophies of novelist Ayn Rand. Host Guy Raz speaks with James Fallows of The Atlantic about how that approach to public policy will play with voters.

New GOP Team Brings Its Message To America

Saturday morning, Mitt Romney announced his running mate would be Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin. We hear the latest from the newly minted ticket as they visit cities in northern Virginia.

The Possible Future Of Health Care, Given VP Pick

Rep. Paul Ryan brings sizzle to the GOP ticket that conservatives love. But he also adds some risk because the heart of Ryan's plan calls for dramatic changes to the nation's largest government health programs, Medicare and Medicaid. NPR's Julie Rovner talks to host Guy Raz about what those changes could mean for the campaign and the country, should they win.

That's The Ticket: Romney And Ryan Kick Off Tour

Mitt Romney announced Saturday that his running mate is Paul Ryan, a Republican Congressman from Wisconsin. The two men launched a multi-day, multi-state bus tour Saturday morning. Host Guy Raz talks with NPR's Ari Shapiro, who's traveling with the Romney campaign.

Pros And Cons: Ryan As Romney's VP

GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney's choice of Rep. Paul Ryan as his running mate seems to be uniting both Republicans and Democrats. Here's a quick look at the pluses and minuses of the decision, from the point of view of the man at the top of the ticket.

Rep. Paul Ryan At A Glance

The young chairman of the House Budget Committee came to national prominence as architect of a Republican plan to reshape tax law and entitlement programs. But he's also an avid outdoorsman, a gym rat, and a fifth-generation native of Wisconsin.

Historically Cautious Romney Takes 'Shot Down The Field' In Ryan

Even during his time in the high-risk, high-reward field of venture capital, Mitt Romney had a reputation as being exceedingly cautious. But his choice of House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan as a running mate shows another side of the Republican who would be president.
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Politicos Scrutinize Ryan As Romney's VP Pick

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney's pick of Rep. Paul Ryan to be his Vice Presidential running mate nominee is drawing fire from local Democrats.