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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mitt Romney named Paul Ryan as his running mate Saturday, calling the 42-year-old Wisconsin congressman the “intellectual leader” of the Republican Party. Diane and her guests discuss the strengths and weaknesses of the Republican 2012 presidential ticket.
Mitt Romney's flub as he introduced Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) as his running mate sparked a flurry of tweets. And it also echoed Barack Obama's flub in 2008, when he introduced Joe Biden as "the next president."
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