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U.S. Representative Paul Ryan is a Republican from Wisconsin known for his conservative positions. In the 2012 presidential election, Ryan was the running mate of Republican nominee Mitt Romney, who was defeated by President Barack Obama.
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Janna offered words of support for her husband with a brief speech, stating, "I just want to say thank you to the Romneys for welcoming me, my husband, Paul, and our three children on this journey. It's a tremendous honor to be America's comeback team with you all."
Paul Ryan took center stage on the second day of the Republican National Convention, with a lengthy speech to the Republican Party: "When Governor Romney asked me to join the ticket, I said,
'Let's get this done.' And that is exactly what we are going to do," he stated.
As Ryan spoke, a camera shot taken by CBS News showed an emotional Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker—a political ally of the vice-presidential candidate—who appeared to have been moved to tears by the discourse. Not everyone, however, was equally moved: Ryan received criticism from many news outlets regarding the accuracy of his narrative, which was peppered with disparaging comments about President Barack Obama. Of President Obama and his administration, Ryan stated, "College graduates should not have to live out their 20s in their childhood bedrooms, staring up at fading Obama posters and wondering when they can move out and get going with life ... none of us have to settle for the best [the Obama] administration offers—a dull, adventureless journey from one entitlement to the next, a government-planned life, a country where everything is free but us."
The results of the election were announced on November 6, 2012: Romney was defeated by President Obama in a suspense-filled race that, early on, remained close. Obama won nearly 60 percent of the electoral vote, also winning the popular vote by more than 1 million ballots.
At age 16, Ryan discovered his 55-year-old father dead in his bed after suffering a heart attack. Ryan has credited his father's death with helping him understand 21st century American social service programs.
Ryan has been married to Janna (Little) Ryan since December 2000. They currently live in Janesville, Wisconsin with their three children: a daughter, Liza, and sons Sam and Charlie.
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