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