I first met Paul in Chicago in the summer of 1998 when five candidates were beckoned to present in front of the midwest’s largest manufacturers. We all gave our pitches and then this young 20-something staffer gets up and blows everyone away with his knowedge of the budget and tax policy.
That was Ryan.
I knew he was a phenom and predicted he would be chair of Ways and Means. I guess I didn’t know he would be VP before that. His incredible grasp of numbers and policy was why he was made chairman of the Budget Committee, although there were others with more seniority who wanted it.
He has a great family –Jana is originally from Oklahoma, they met when both were staffers — and he loves to hunt.
And Ryan is a fitness freak–he does P90x every day.
There’s some stuff you won’t get on the Sunday shows.
And then Terry’s official statement:
“This shows Gov. Romney is serious about solving our fiscal crisis and creating jobs in America.
“Paul Ryan and I came into Congress together in 1999 and I know him very well. He is a genius on fiscal and budget issues and sees the way out of our current mess.
Our assessment: Ryan is a fantastic pick. He is the young superstar of Congress and just the kind of guy that Romney liked to hire when he was running his company.
We were happy back when George W. Bush picked a VP who he was comfortable with and knew would be a great pick — instead of going with some sort of “balance the ticket” or find a good state match idea. We think Romney has done the same thing here.