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Who is Paul Ryan? 10 facts about the VP pick

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Now that Rep. Paul Ryan has been tapped as Mitt Romney’s running mate, here are some little-known facts about the former frat bro and fly fisher:

1. Hates his nickname. Ryan’s middle name is Davis, so growing up, he was dubbed “P.D.” but it was pronounced“Petey.” Ryan couldn’t stand it

2. Rocks out to Beethoven. He’s been known to plug in his iPod headphones to ignore reporters on the Hill. Favorites include Beethoven and Led Zeppelin.

(PHOTOS: Paul Ryan through the years)

3. Works out like a warrior. He’s been known to lead P90X sessions with Hill staffers and lawmakers. “It’s a fantastic workout,” Ryan says. “Bart Stupak and I lead it every morning. There’s about a dozen of us who do it.”

4. Drives like a trucker. Ryan turned his truck into an office on wheels when he was elected to Congress so he could meet with constituents in rural communities.

5. Takes the bait. His favorite hobby is fly-fishing. He does so with his kids and even asked his wife Janna to marry him on a fishing trip in St. Germain Lake in northern Wisconsin in 2000.

6. Former Frat Bro. While studying at Miami University, Ryan was a member of Delta Tau Delta fraternity.

7. Good with words. Before he was elected to Congress, served as a speechwriter for Jack Kemp’s and William Bennet’s “Empower America” organization, a conservative nonprofit.

8. Hard time as a teen. At 16 years old, Ryan, who shares a name with his father, found his father’s body after his dad Paul died.

9. Already collected Social Security. After Ryan’s father passed away, he saved Social Security survivor’s benefits to pay for attending Miami University, where Ryan double majored in economics and political science in 1992.

10. Dutiful dad. Ryan is a father of three, including two sons named Charles and Samuel and one daughter, Elizabeth.



 

by on Aug. 16, 2012 at 8:08 AM
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kailu1835
by Silver Member on Aug. 18, 2012 at 1:29 AM
2 moms liked this

 Quite a few of these things are things I absolutely agree with.  Starting with the very first one.

Quoting denise3680:

anti-public education voting record.

anti-civil-rights voting record

anti-gay rights voing record

pro-management voting record.

flip flop on voting record for stimulus spending.

pro-military as long as they stay in a war in the middle east

extending wiretapping without warrent

use of electronic surveilence without warrent

opposition to the seperation of church and state

indicating and anti-senior voting record

wants to make the Bush tax cuts permanent

Voted NO on removing US armed forces from Afghanistan. (Mar 2011

Voted YES on declaring Iraq part of War on Terror with no exit date.

Voted YES on extending unemployment benefits from 39 weeks to 59 weeks. ( thought it was all about stop spending and self reponsibility:/

wants to build a fence, allow emergency rooms to refuse help to people.

  • FactCheck: No, Medicare cost doesn't exceed national defense. (May 2011)
  • FactCheck: costs go up just a bit; jobs go down just a bit. (Jan 2011)
  • FactCheck: No evidence that healthcare reform explodes debt. (Jan 2011)
  • Rated -3 by AAI, indicating a anti-Arab anti-Palestine voting record. (May 2012
  • Voted NO on barring website promoting Yucca Mountain nuclear waste dump. (May 2006)
  • Voted YES on deauthorizing "critical habitat" for endangered species. (Sep 2005)
  • Voted YES on speeding up approval of forest thinning projects. (Nov 2003)
  • Rated 10% by the LCV, indicating anti-environment votes. (Dec 2003)
  • here is the link to his issue stances, these are just some. People needto be careful what they wish for.

    www.ontheissues.org/House/Paul_Ryan.htm

     

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    denise3680
    by Silver Member on Aug. 18, 2012 at 10:53 AM


    Quoting kailu1835:

     Quite a few of these things are things I absolutely agree with.  Starting with the very first one.

    Quoting denise3680:

    anti-public education voting record.

    anti-civil-rights voting record

    anti-gay rights voing record

    pro-management voting record.

    flip flop on voting record for stimulus spending.

    pro-military as long as they stay in a war in the middle east

    extending wiretapping without warrent

    use of electronic surveilence without warrent

    opposition to the seperation of church and state

    indicating and anti-senior voting record

    wants to make the Bush tax cuts permanent

    Voted NO on removing US armed forces from Afghanistan. (Mar 2011

    Voted YES on declaring Iraq part of War on Terror with no exit date.

    Voted YES on extending unemployment benefits from 39 weeks to 59 weeks. ( thought it was all about stop spending and self reponsibility:/

    wants to build a fence, allow emergency rooms to refuse help to people.

  • FactCheck: No, Medicare cost doesn't exceed national defense. (May 2011)
  • FactCheck: costs go up just a bit; jobs go down just a bit. (Jan 2011)
  • FactCheck: No evidence that healthcare reform explodes debt. (Jan 2011)
  • Rated -3 by AAI, indicating a anti-Arab anti-Palestine voting record. (May 2012
  • Voted NO on barring website promoting Yucca Mountain nuclear waste dump. (May 2006)
  • Voted YES on deauthorizing "critical habitat" for endangered species. (Sep 2005)
  • Voted YES on speeding up approval of forest thinning projects. (Nov 2003)
  • Rated 10% by the LCV, indicating anti-environment votes. (Dec 2003)
  • here is the link to his issue stances, these are just some. People needto be careful what they wish for.

    www.ontheissues.org/House/Paul_Ryan.htm

     

    there are some things in his voting record that I agree with also, but all in all I disagree with more than I agree with.  I still do not think he is the answer, he will create more problems.

    gammie
    by on Aug. 18, 2012 at 11:08 AM
    Quoting sweet-a-kins:




    If he liked Rand he would of never voted for tarp!


    momsince1989
    by on Aug. 18, 2012 at 11:53 AM

     I never trust anyone who uses the word "fantastic"

    momsince1989
    by on Aug. 18, 2012 at 12:04 PM
    1 mom liked this

     I wish people would stop assuming that just because someone doesn't support these candidates are automatically a liberal. I am not a liberal...I am an Independent and I do not trust this man nor do I trust Mitt Romney. They both lie and and everything out of their mouth is misleading they speak out both sides and flip flip all over the place. I find it laughable that Republicans are trying to push the support of these two. It really shows how desperate they are. They really have become the party of no, no thinking, no progress, no compromise, no logic!

    kailu1835
    by Silver Member on Aug. 18, 2012 at 12:40 PM

     I really feel like it doesn't matter who we get in there (between Obama or Romney), damage will be done all over the place, moreso than now, IMO.

    Quoting denise3680:

     

    Quoting kailu1835:

     Quite a few of these things are things I absolutely agree with.  Starting with the very first one.

    Quoting denise3680:

    anti-public education voting record.

    anti-civil-rights voting record

    anti-gay rights voing record

    pro-management voting record.

    flip flop on voting record for stimulus spending.

    pro-military as long as they stay in a war in the middle east

    extending wiretapping without warrent

    use of electronic surveilence without warrent

    opposition to the seperation of church and state

    indicating and anti-senior voting record

    wants to make the Bush tax cuts permanent

    Voted NO on removing US armed forces from Afghanistan. (Mar 2011

    Voted YES on declaring Iraq part of War on Terror with no exit date.

    Voted YES on extending unemployment benefits from 39 weeks to 59 weeks. ( thought it was all about stop spending and self reponsibility:/

    wants to build a fence, allow emergency rooms to refuse help to people.

  • FactCheck: No, Medicare cost doesn't exceed national defense. (May 2011)
  • FactCheck: costs go up just a bit; jobs go down just a bit. (Jan 2011)
  • FactCheck: No evidence that healthcare reform explodes debt. (Jan 2011)
  • Rated -3 by AAI, indicating a anti-Arab anti-Palestine voting record. (May 2012
  • Voted NO on barring website promoting Yucca Mountain nuclear waste dump. (May 2006)
  • Voted YES on deauthorizing "critical habitat" for endangered species. (Sep 2005)
  • Voted YES on speeding up approval of forest thinning projects. (Nov 2003)
  • Rated 10% by the LCV, indicating anti-environment votes. (Dec 2003)
  • here is the link to his issue stances, these are just some. People needto be careful what they wish for.

    www.ontheissues.org/House/Paul_Ryan.htm

     

    there are some things in his voting record that I agree with also, but all in all I disagree with more than I agree with.  I still do not think he is the answer, he will create more problems.

     

    babiesbabybaby development

    GardenerArtist
    by Bronze Member on Aug. 18, 2012 at 1:45 PM

    I find it interesting that Ryan was so impressed with concepts of Ayn Rand. I would hope that our politicians would be history scholars of our Constitution and founding fathers.

    Ryan's wife was a lobbyist for years, and raked in hundreds of thousands from companies she lobbied for. Looks like a marriage with common interests, money.

    Capitalism needs some controls, or greed will will destroy it.

    Gretchen2876
    by Member on Aug. 19, 2012 at 4:23 PM
    1 mom liked this
    He reminds me of Eddie Munster, now I cant look at him without giggling.
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    AMom29
    by Member on Aug. 20, 2012 at 8:27 PM

    Was for the stimulus in 2002...before he was against it.


    AMom29
    by Member on Aug. 20, 2012 at 8:28 PM


    Quoting Gretchen2876:

    He reminds me of Eddie Munster, now I cant look at him without giggling.

    It's the Herman/Eddie ticket.  wink mini

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