‘Young gun’ Paul Ryan single-minded in desire to slash U.S. budget


National Post | News

WASHINGTON – In tapping Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan to be his vice presidential running-mate, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has chosen an ambitious, self-described “young gun” who has staked his entire career on a single issue — slashing the federal budget.

Ryan, 42, has spent most of his adult life in Congress, with little business or executive experience to speak of.

He steadily built his credibility as a Washington insider, starting as an intern on Capitol Hill and then becoming an aide to a Republican senator from Wisconsin.

For the past 14 years, Ryan has served as a member of the House of Representatives.

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But it was his 2010 manifesto “Young Guns, A New Generation of Conservative Leaders” that elevated Ryan’s prominence.

Presidential ambitions?

Aboard the retired battleship USS Wisconsin Saturday, Mitt Romney slipped up while introducing his running mate.

“Join me…

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