Aug 13, 2012, 11:44 am EDT
Among politicians, political reporters, and other Washington insiders, Wisconsin Rep. and Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan is fairly well known. For many in the general public, though, this is the first time they have heard in-depth discussion about Romney’s running mate. Here are ten interesting facts about the rising Republican star.
In high school, he worked at McDonald’s
However, his manager believed he didn’t have the social skills to work the front counter, so he was stuck working the grill. It’s been a long trip from grill cook to candidate for vice president.
He also once drove the Oscar Mayer Weinermobile
While in college, Ryan had a sales job with the famous hot dog maker. Part of his work involved driving the famous Weinermobile around. Read
Aug 13, 2012, 10:52 am EDT
So Paul Ryan is officially riding shotgun with Mitt Romney, and we can get down to the business of vetting the issues (and the ugly ads) with each party’s ticket now a lock. (Sorry Ron Paul … but I’m going out on a limb and calling the primary for Romney.)
That means a big focus on jobs and the economy, right?
Well, maybe not. Read
Aug 11, 2012, 5:41 pm EDT
Months of speculation and waiting came to a close this morning in Norfolk, Va., when Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney introduced Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan as his running mate.
Ryan had been suggested as a running mate for some time, but it wasn’t until recently that the talk grew serious. Many felt candidates like Ohio Sen. Rob Portman, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, or Florida Sen. Marco Rubio had a better shot at getting nominated. However, many conservative leaders had advocated on behalf of Ryan in recent weeks, and the Wall Street Journal ran an editorial on Thursday suggesting he was the best choice.
The Romney campaign indicated, however, that Ryan was offered the vice president nod on August 1, well before conservative outcry for his nomination came out. Ryan’s selection capped off a four-month vetting process by the Romney campaign. Read
Aug 10, 2012, 11:03 am EDT
Grocery stores looking to game the food stamp system, watch out. The Agriculture Department is coming for you.
The department just announced new guidelines that will impose harsher penalties on stores violating food stamp rules, as well as give states new tools to root out ineligible applicants.
The move comes as Congress wrestles with a $100 billion-a-year bill that would fund food stamps and determine other agricultural policy for the next five years. The vast majority of the bill’s money goes into food stamps. Read
Aug 9, 2012, 12:19 pm EDT
Searching for a clue on who Mitt Romney might select to be his vice presidential nominee? Look no further than Wikipedia.
Starting yesterday, the online encyclopedia started locking down pages on several of the candidates reportedly on Romney’s shortlist. Many of the top candidates found their pages being subjected to excessive editing or vandalism. Now, unregistered users or users who registered within the last four days are unable to edit these pages.
So, who’s on Wikipedia’s shortlist? It’s a who’s who of Republican politicians whose names have been thrown out as possible vice presidents by pundits and the media. It includes: Read
Aug 9, 2012, 10:23 am EDT
As the race to become Mitt Romney’s running mate becomes more and more heated, not all political pundits are thrilled about the GOP’s top candidates. One pro-Obama super PAC has called the candidates “mistakes”, and depicted them as playing card Jokers on their web site.
The group, American Bridge, is calling the rollout of Romney’s VP choice the “2012 GOP VEEP MISTAKES”, trying to play off the idea that being selected as the vice presidential candidate is like winning a sweepstakes. The PAC is arguing that the Republicans will follow up their selection of a flawed Mitt Romney with an equally flawed vice president candidate.
“Just as Mitt was the best they could muster for the party’s standard bearer, their choices to fill the rest of the ticket aren’t much better. Four years after Sarah Palin, Republicans are once again poised to put forward a deeply flawed candidate as their vice presidential nominee.” Read