01 Political Insights

 On Saturday, August 11, 2012, at 8:00am CST in Norfolk, Virginia, Gov. Romney introduced Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan as his running mate.

I got a text from a friend that said: “What do you think of Romney’s running mate? I don’t know a lot about him.”

So, I decided to write a brief profile of the candidate. Needless to say, for Conservatives, Independents, TEA Partiers, and moderates, Congressman Ryan is an excellent choice!

Ryan was born and raised in Janesville, Wisconsin. He is a fifth generation Wisconsin native whose great-grandfather was an entrepreneur.

After graduation high school, he attended Miami University in Ohio where he majored in economics and political science. During his junior year in college, he served as an intern at the office of Wisconsin Senator Bob Kasten.

His post-college years saw him work for many very experienced politicians. He continued to work for Kasten, but later worked for Jack Kemp’s Empower America, former education secretary Bill Bennett, the late diplomat Jeane Kirkpatrick, Minnesota Representative Vin Webere, again for Jack Kemp as a speechwriter, and Kansas Senator Sam Brownback as a legislative director.

In 1998, was when it came to a head. He ran for Wisconsin’s Congressional District 1 after an incumbent retired. He has held that seat for seven terms always winning at least 60% of the vote since 2000. Here’s a link to his voting record at the Washington Post

Here’s a list of Committee Assignments and Caucus Membership:

Committee assignments

  • Committee on the Budget (Chairman)
  • Committee on Ways and Means
  • Subcommittee on Health

Caucus memberships

  • Congressional Middle East Economic Partnership Caucus
  • International Conservation Caucus
  • Republican Study Committee
  • Sportsmen’s Caucus (Co-Chair)

Ryan married Janna Little, a tax attorney, in December 2000. The Ryans live in Janesville with their three children Elizabeth Anne, Charles Wilson, and Samuel Lowery. Ryan is Roman Catholic and is a member of St. John Vianney Catholic Church.

I hope this profile helps out my readers. As a TEA Party Republican, I am proud to support Gov. Romney’s choice as Rep. Ryan for his VP. He’s a true Conservative, both fiscally and socially, and he will bring some youth to this race. Get ready though, the lamestream media is already prepping their attacks for President Obama. This is going to be an uphill battle.

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  1. He is very Pro-Israel!
    Here’s an official statement he gave a while back:
    “America has no better friend in the Middle East than the nation of Israel. Not only is Israel the region’s only fully functioning democracy, with a government based on popular consent and the rule of law, but it is also a valuable ally against Islamic extremism and terrorism. Our shared democratic values and national interests are supported by maintaining a close friendship with Israel. Americans also have a strong interest in Israel achieving a lasting peace with its neighbors – including the Palestinians.

    Reasonable people – including those who live in the Middle East – differ about how the conflict between Israel and Palestine can be resolved. However, I believe at least one thing is clear: we cannot advocate for a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that jeopardizes Israel’s safety or legitimizes terrorism. Hamas, which is one of the two major Palestinian political factions, is an Islamist terrorist group whose charter calls for Israel’s destruction, refuses to recognize Israel’s existence, and calls Osama Bin Laden a “martyr.”

    While I do not have a role in the diplomatic discussions over the resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, America should not pressure Israel to agree to a peace deal that is unlikely to result in peace and security. Real peace will require Palestinians to recognize that Israel has a right to exist, even as it will require two states for the two peoples. Introduced by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor on May 13, 2011, H. Res. 268 reaffirms the United States’ commitment to a negotiated settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through direct negotiations. I co-sponsored this legislation, and it passed the House on July 7, 2011 by a vote of 407-13. I was also a cosponsor of H.R. 4133, the United States-Israel Enhanced Security Cooperation Act, also introduced by Majority Leader Eric Cantor, which passed the House on May 9, 2012 by a vote of 411-2. H.R. 4133 states that it is United States policy to reaffirm the commitment to Israel’s security as a state, provide Israel with the military capabilities to defend itself, expand military and civilian cooperation, assist in a negotiated settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and encourage Israel’s neighbors to recognize its right to exist.”

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