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12:42 pm
Sat August 11, 2012

GOP Sizes Up The Romney-Ryan Ticket

Originally published on Sat August 11, 2012 1:38 pm

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

Now we go for some more reaction from people within the Republican Party. Bob Vander Plaats is the president and CEO of the Iowa-based organization called The Family Leader, which focuses on conservative social issues.

We talked to him earlier by telephone from Des Moines, which is where the Family Leadership Summit is currently taking place.

BOB VANDER PLAATS: Well, thrilled to be with you.

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It's All Politics
11:22 am
Sat August 11, 2012

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

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.
Saul Loeb AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sat August 11, 2012 2:21 pm

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Presidential Race
11:14 am
Sat August 11, 2012

Paul Ryan's Congressional Record

Originally published on Sat August 11, 2012 1:38 pm

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

Now, we also have with us, for more on this announcement, NPR's Washington editor, Ron Elving. Hi, Ron.

RON ELVING, BYLINE: Good to be with you, Linda.

WERTHEIMER: Now, we - also here, NPR political correspondent Don Gonyea. Don.

DON GONYEA, BYLINE: Good morning.

WERTHEIMER: Now, Ron, let me begin with you. Who is Paul Ryan?

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Presidential Race
10:43 am
Sat August 11, 2012

Ryan Energizes Romney Ticket

Originally published on Sat August 11, 2012 1:38 pm

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

Now we're going back to the big, high-profile contest this morning in politics: this morning's announcement that Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan is Mitt Romney's pick to be the next vice president. Romney would not speculate about his chances in an interview with MSNBC earlier this week, but he said that he was looking for a running mate with vision.

(SOUNDBITE OF MSNBC BROADCAST)

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Presidential Race
10:11 am
Sat August 11, 2012

Romney Announces VP Choice In Norfolk, Va.

Originally published on Sat August 11, 2012 1:38 pm

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

This is WEEKEND EDITION, from NPR News. I'm Linda Wertheimer. It is no coincidence that Mitt Romney makes his vice presidential announcement aboard the U.S.S. Wisconsin, since Congressman Paul Ryan is from the Badger State. The U.S.S. Wisconsin is one of the largest battleships ever built by the U.S. Navy.

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Election 2012
9:41 am
Sat August 11, 2012

Transcript: Romney Names Ryan As Running Mate

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney announces Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan as his running mate during a campaign rally in Norfolk, Va., on Saturday.
Saul Loeb AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sat August 11, 2012 9:59 am

  • Listen to Romney's Speech

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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It's All Politics
9:24 am
Sat August 11, 2012

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

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.
Saul Loeb AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sat August 11, 2012 2:09 pm

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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Election 2012
9:02 am
Sat August 11, 2012

Transcript: Ryan Makes First Remarks As VP Choice

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.
Win McNamee Getty Images

Originally published on Sat August 11, 2012 9:54 am

  • 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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Election 2012
7:37 am
Sat August 11, 2012

Running Mate Scorecard: Ups And Downs Since 1964

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

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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Election 2012
7:29 am
Sat August 11, 2012

5 Vice Presidential Picks Who Were Key To Victory

Ken Rudin collection

Originally published on Sat August 11, 2012 10:09 am

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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