VIDEO REPORT: Ryan Soaks Up Home State Pride As New Romney Running Mate

UPDATED Sunday, August 12, 2012 --- 6:56 p.m.

WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) -- A homecoming for newly chosen vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan has caused the Wisconsin Republican to get a little emotional.

The congressman took the stage Sunday evening in Waukesha, looked out over a fairgrounds crowd of thousands and wiped away tears.

Ryan was named Saturday as Republican Mitt Romney's running mate. The rally was a brief stop home before Ryan embarks on his first solo swing to battleground states like Iowa and Colorado.

Ryan told the home-state crowd that his "veins run with chees, bratwurst" and local beers.

Romney relished in the showing, too, saying it proves he made the right pick.

Wisconsin has been a hard state for Republicans to crack. No presidential nominee has won its electoral votes since 1984, although some have come excruciatingly close.

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UPDATED Sunday, August 12, 2012 --- 5:51 p.m.

Tonight's event is underway in Waukesha.

Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan are scheduled to speak around 6:00 p.m.

NBC15's Sally Mamdooh is there, and will have a report from tonight's rally on NBC15 News at 10.


UPDATED: Saturday, August 11, 2012 --- 5:00p.m.

WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) -- Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan will be making their first stop in Wisconsin together as presidential and vice presidential running mates.

The Romney campaign says the pair will hold a "homecoming rally" Sunday at the Waukesha County Expo Center. Doors open at 4 p.m. and the event starts at 5:30 p.m.

Gov. Scott Walker is also scheduled to attend.

Romney is the presumptive Republican nominee. He picked the 42-year-old Ryan and seven-term congressman as his running mate Saturday.

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UPDATED Saturday, August 11, 2012 --- 1:00 p.m.

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Mitt Romney has introduced Congressman Paul Ryan as his vice presidential running mate.

At a rally in Norfolk, Va., Romney promised the Republican ticket will present "bold, specific and achievable" economic policies that would help create 12 million jobs and improve paychecks for middle-class families.

As chairman of the House Budget Committee, Ryan has put forward budget plans that would remake Medicare and cut trillions in federal spending. The Wisconsin Republican says he and Romney would eliminate the country's "debt, doubt and despair." With economic growth weak and unemployment at 8.3 percent, Ryan charged that President Barack Obama "has become part of the problem.

The Obama campaign says Romney's choice of Ryan underscores Romney's commitment to "budget-busting tax cuts for the wealthy" that will place "greater burdens on the middle case and seniors." Campaign manager Jim Messina says Ryan's budget proposals would turn Medicare into a voucher system and gut education programs from "Head Start to college aid."

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UPDATED Saturday, August 11, 2012 --- 8:45 a.m.

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) -- With the political world watching, Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney misspoke while introducing his running mate.

Romney mistakenly introduced Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan on Saturday as the next president of the United States. Ryan, of course, has been tapped to serve as Romney's vice presidential nominee.

It was the first time they appeared together as the Republican presidential ticket.

A sheepish Romney puts arms around Ryan and clarified his mistake before Ryan took the microphone.

Romney says that he makes a mistake every once in a while. But he says he didn't make a mistake with his selection of Ryan.

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UPDATED Saturday, August 11, 2012 --- 8:35 a.m.

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) -- Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney is appearing alongside his running mate, Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan.

Romney says Ryan is a man of what he calls "great steadiness" and "unquestioned integrity." The former Massachusetts governor says Ryan is a "shining exception" in a political world of pettiness.

The two appeared together for the first time as the Republican presidential ticket on Saturday morning in Virginia. They faced supporters while standing on the USS Wisconsin, a retired aircraft carrier.

Just hours after his campaign confirmed Ryan as his selection, Romney says Ryan won't demonize his opponents. Romney says that Democrats may disagree with Ryan's policies, but he doesn't know anyone who doesn't respect his character and judgment.

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UPDATED Saturday, August 11, 2012 --- 8:15 a.m.

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) -- Appearing for the first time as Mitt Romney's running mate, Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan is attacking President Barack Obama for what he calls a "record of failure."

The seven-term congressman says Obama has led the "worst economic recovery in 70 years." He notes that unemployment has been above 8 percent for more than three years -- the longest stretch since the Great Depression.

He spoke in remarks prepared for delivery at the first public appearance of the new GOP ticket.

Ryan, the architect of a controversial budget plan, is promising not to "duck the tough issues." And he says he has the courage to tell the truth.

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UPDATED Saturday, August 11, 2012 --- 7:00 a.m.

Press Release from the Romney Campaign:


Boston, MA – Mitt Romney today announced Wisconsin Representative Paul Ryan as his Vice Presidential running mate. Below is Congressman Ryan’s biography:

U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan is in his seventh term in Congress representing Wisconsin’s First Congressional District. He is Chairman of the House Budget Committee, where he has worked tirelessly leading the effort to reign in federal spending and increase accountability to taxpayers. He also serves on the House Ways and Means Committee, where he has focused on simplifying the tax code and making health care more affordable and accessible.

In January 2010, Ryan gained attention nationwide after unveiling his “Roadmap for America’s Future,” a proposal to eliminate the federal deficit, reform the tax code, and preserve entitlements for future generations.

Representative Ryan was born in Janesville, Wisconsin on January 29, 1970. A fifth-generation Wisconsin native, Ryan was the youngest of four children born to Paul Ryan Sr., who worked as an attorney, and Betty, a stay-at-home mom.

In April 2000, Ryan proposed to Janna Little, a native Oklahoman, at one of his favorite fishing spots, Big St. Germain Lake in Wisconsin. Later that year, the two were married in Oklahoma City.

The Ryans reside in Janesville with their three children, Liza, Charlie and Sam. The family are parishioners at St. John Vianney Catholic Church.

Upon entering Congress in January of 1999, Ryan was the youngest member of the freshmen class at the age of 28. Prior to running for Congress, Ryan served as an aide to Republican Senators Robert Kasten Jr. and Sam Brownback, former U.S. Rep. and Vice Presidential Candidate Jack Kemp, and as a speechwriter for Education Secretary William Bennett.

Ryan is a graduate of Joseph A. Craig High School in Janesville and earned degrees in economics and political science from Miami University in Ohio. He is an avid outdoorsman and is a member is of his local archery association, the Janesville Bowmen.

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UPDATED Saturday, August 11, 2012 --- 6:30 a.m.

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) -- Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has selected Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan to be his running mate.

The candidate made his announcement to supporters via a phone app, saying -- quote -- "Mitt's Choice for VP is Paul Ryan." The GOP ticket was set to appear together at 9 A.M. Eastern in Norfolk, Va.

Romney and Ryan are kicking off a four-day bus tour that will take them to as many states.

At 42, Ryan is a generation younger than the 65-year-old Romney.

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UPDATED Saturday, August 11, 2012 -- 4:23 a.m.

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) -- Mitt Romney's choice for running mate is Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan.

That's according to a Republican with knowledge of the situation.

Romney and Ryan are to appear together Saturday in Norfolk, Va., at the start of a four-state bus tour to introduce the GOP ticket to the nation. The campaign isn't commenting about Ryan, only saying that there will be an announcement at 9 a.m. EDT at the Nauticus Museum. Berthed at the museum is the USS Wisconsin -- which offered a hint about Romney's choice.

In the final hours before Romney's team issued the statement, all signs seemed to point to Ryan. The seven-term Wisconsin congressman is a favorite of some conservatives. Ryan heads the House Budget Committee and is author of a House-passed budget that would slash federal spending and overhaul entitlement programs like Social Security and Medicare.

Ryan and other supporters say the change is needed to prevent the program from financial calamity. Critics argue it would impose every increasing costs on seniors.

One Republican, finance chairman Ron Weiser of Michigan, says Ryan's selection would help Romney win Wisconsin and its 10 electoral votes in the fall. The state typically supports democrats in presidential contests, and Obama won it handily four years ago.

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UPDATED Friday, August 10, 2012 --- 11:40 p.m.


Three different sources close to the Romney campaign indicate to NBC News that Mitt Romney will announce House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan as his vice-presidential running mate at tomorrow's campaign event in Norfolk, VA.

Mitt Romney will announce his vice-presidential selection tomorrow, according to the campaign.

Though the campaign gave no indication of who it could be, the campaign said in a press release the former Massachusetts governor would announce his selection at 8:45 am ET in Norfolk, VA, the first stop on his swing-state bus tour.

The campaign says the announcement will be in front of the U.S.S. Wisconsin -- which just happens to be the home state of potential VP Paul Ryan, the chairman of the House Budget Committee.

As First Read reported earlier this week, the VP finalists appear to be Ryan, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, and Ohio Sen. Rob Portman.

There has been a lot of smoke surrounding Ryan in the past few days. Washington economic conservatives have pushed for his selection. Romney told NBC's Chuck Todd he was looking for someone with "a vision for the country," who "adds something to the political discourse about the direction of the country.”

Friday night, the Weekly Standard's Bill Kristol and Stephen Hayes reported: "[T]he Romney campaign has begun to prepare a vigorous effort in support of Paul Ryan if he is selected as Mitt Romney’s vice presidential pick—something now likely to happen soon. For example, GOP officials tell The Weekly Standard that Wisconsin governor Scott Walker is among a group of Republicans who has been asked to be ready, in terms of his schedule and other practical preparations, to make the case publicly for a Romney-Ryan ticket as early as Saturday."

National Review's Robert Costa reported earlier: "Take note, veep watchers: Earlier today, a charter plane took of in Boston, stopped in Chicago, then flew to the tiny airport in Janesville, Wis. Janesville, of course, is the hometown of Representative Paul Ryan, a top vice-presidential contender. According to a source on the ground, the plane is still in Wisconsin."

And Romney son, Tagg, Tweeted earlier today that he was in Wisconsin with Ryan: "In Milwaukee today along w #RepPaulRyanand #GovWalker to represent my family and offer condolences to the Sikh community."

*** UPDATE *** NBC's Carrie Dann reports that Tim Pawlenty will not be the pick. Pawlenty confirms he will be keeping his schedule tomorrow. He is not traveling to Virginia. He would not confirm that it will be Ryan. He said he did not speak to Romney today, but has spoken to him in recent days.

He says he's "not disappointed."

"You can get on with your lives now," he told reporters who had been following him.

*** UPDATE 2 *** A Ryan spokesman tells NBC's Alex Moe: "I'm saying I don't know anything definitive at all, so can't confirm anything on or off record."


Posted: Friday, August 10, 2012 --- 10:32p.m.

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Mitt Romney's campaign says the presumed Republican presidential nominee will announce his running mate Saturday morning in Norfolk, Va.

The short list -- if there is one -- is believed to include Ohio Rep. Rob Portman, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty and Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan.

In a statement issued Friday night, the Romney campaign said the running mate would be revealed at 9 a.m. EDT at the Nauticus Museum. Romney is kicking off a four-day bus tour through swing states.

Romney's choice comes as he tries to repair an image damaged by negative Democratic advertising and shift the trajectory of a campaign that's seen him lose ground to President Barack Obama.

The vice presidential selection will dominate headlines, and Romney's team has been relentlessly teasing the announcement for weeks.

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