MSNBC is reporting that Rep. Paul Ryan is going to be Gov. Romney’s choice for VP. Via 3 sources indicate Romney will pick Ryan
Three different sources close to the Romney campaign indicate to NBC News that Mitt Romney will announce House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan as his vice-presidential running mate at tomorrow’s campaign event in Norfolk, VA.
The announcement will be in front of the U.S.S. Wisconsin — which just happens to be Ryan’s home state.
With recent national polls showing Romney trailing President Barack Obama, Ryan is a bold pick. He would excite economic conservatives, and is considered one of his party’s rising stars.
Related: Paul Ryan’s strengths and weaknesses
Interesting note from the IVN Editor’s Blog‘s Twitter Preemits Romney VP App:
Despite a much-lauded campaign mobile app designed to break the news of Romney for America’s choice for vice president, news of the campaign’s decision broke on Twitter hours before a formal announcement.
By 10-11pm EST, major news outlets were reporting of Gov. Romney’s imminent announcement of Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan as his vice presidential nominee.
In a case of much ado about nothing, when word leaked late Friday of Romney’s vice president decision, it came via Twitter, not from the Romney VP app dedicated to breaking such news…
The Associated Press‘s release of the news appears to be if not the first breaking of the story, it’s one that other media outlets are sourcing. Via the AP‘s AP source: Romney picks Ryan for running mate:
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has picked Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan to be his running mate, according to a Republican with knowledge of the development. They will appear together Saturday in Norfolk, Va., at the start of a four-state bus tour to introduce the newly minted GOP ticket to the nation.
The official spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because this person was not authorized to disclose the decision.
…Before Romney’s team issued the statement, all signs seemed to point to Ryan, the seven-term Wisconsin congressman whose nomination could help assuage the conservative base of the party that has been reluctant to fully embrace Romney…
Apparently, the Romney Campaign will announce the VP choice officially tomorrow.
My add question for whomever receives the VP nomination on the Republican ticket: How many years of tax returns do you belive that candidate will release?
Update: From The Advocate‘s Paul Ryan as VP Would Match Mitt Romney on Homophobia; Paul Ryan has voted to ban same-sex marriage and adoption by gay couples, and he voted against repealing the “don’t ask, don’t tell” ban on gays serving openly in the military:
…Romney supports amending the U.S. Constitution to ban same-sex marriage. And Ryan twice voted in support of the failed Federal Marriage Amendment in 2004 and 2006.
…Also, as a U.S. representative for Wisconsin’s first congressional district, Ryan was more recently faced with a ballot question in his home state on whether to ban marriage equality…
…In 2003, Ryan voted in favor of the Marriage Protection Act, which would have prevented federal courts from considering and possibly overturning the Defense of Marriage Act. Romney also backs DOMA…
…Ryan voted in 1999 in favor of banning same-sex couples from adopting in the District of Columbia, over which Congress often exerts control…
…Ryan also lined up with Romney on repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell” when it came before Congress in 2011. Ryan voted against repealing DADT, and Romney was outspoken in his opposition to repeal. Since then, though, Romney has said reinstating DADT would be unnecessary…
…[W]hen the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act passed through the House in 2009, Ryan voted against it…
The entire The Advocate article is well worth the read.
And too, it’ll be worth the read to see what GoProud says about the apparent VP pick of Rep. Ryan given Ryan’s record on LGBT equality issues.