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12:35 pm
Sat August 11, 2012

Voices Of Support From The Romney-Ryan Announcement

Originally published on Sat August 11, 2012 12:38 pm

The Romney campaign launched its first event with Ryan on the ticket in front of an excited crowd of supporters in Norfolk, Va., Saturday morning. If the crowd at the event was any indication, the decision has energized the Republican base.

NPR Story
12:35 pm
Sat August 11, 2012

Mitt Romney And Paul Ryan's First Day Out

Originally published on Sat August 11, 2012 12:38 pm

It's been a big day for Mitt Romney's presidential campaign. Romney officially announced his running mate this morning in Virginia. NPR's Ron Elving tells guest host Linda Wertheimer how the pair are starting out.

NPR Story
12:03 pm
Sat August 11, 2012

Romney-Ticket Debuts Aboard The USS Wisconsin

Originally published on Sat August 11, 2012 12:38 pm

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Linda Wertheimer.

The Romney campaign is now the Romney-Ryan campaign. The newly minted Republican ticket was presented at an event in Norfolk, Virginia. Mitt Romney named Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan as his running mate beside the aptly named USS Wisconsin. In his introduction of Ryan, he extolled the Midwestern virtues of the congressman.

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NPR Story
12:03 pm
Sat August 11, 2012

Murfreesboro Mosque Finally Opens

Originally published on Sat August 11, 2012 12:38 pm

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

There are several other stories we're following this morning, besides this big political one. In Murfreesboro, Tennessee, after road blocks, law suits and threats, a mosque opened its doors for the first time yesterday. Now members of the Muslim congregation are trying to cut tension and bridge a divide that was exposed during the debate. Blake Farmer of member station WPLN was there for the first service.

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NPR Story
12:03 pm
Sat August 11, 2012

What Ryan Brings To Romney's Bid

Originally published on Sat August 11, 2012 12:38 pm

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

For more on the announcement, joining me in the studio are Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne and contributing editor for the Weekly Standard Matthew Continetti. Gentlemen, it's wonderful to see you again.

E.J. DIONNE: Good to see you.

MATTHEW CONTINETTI: Good to see you.

WERTHEIMER: Let's first hear Paul Ryan from an interview with NPR in May of 2012. This was shortly after he released his first budget as chairman of the Budget Committee.

(SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED INTERVIEW)

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NPR Story
11:21 am
Sat August 11, 2012

Rep. Paul Ryan For VP: GOP Women React

Originally published on Sat August 11, 2012 12:38 pm

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

Linda Chavez is the chair of the Center for Equal Opportunity, and is a conservative columnist and political commentator. And we reached her by telephone. She's in Colorado.

Linda Chavez, hello.

LINDA CHAVEZ: Hi. It's great to be with you.

WERTHEIMER: Are you pleased with this choice?

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NPR Story
11:20 am
Sat August 11, 2012

The New Romney-Ryan Ticket: The White House Reacts

Originally published on Sat August 11, 2012 12:38 pm

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

Just as Mr. Ryan is a champion for fiscal conservatives, he's a big target for Democrats. President Obama's campaign wasted no time in attacking Mitt Romney's new running mate.

NPR's Scott Horsley joins us now. So, Scott, the initial response from the Obama campaign?

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NPR Story
11:20 am
Sat August 11, 2012

Romney And Ryan Hit The Road In A Bus Tour

Originally published on Sat August 11, 2012 11:42 am

Now Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan has joined Gov. Mitt Romney on the campaign trail, they're hitting the road with a bus tour over that will take the newly-minted duo through a number of battleground states. Guest host Linda Wertheimer talks with NPR's Ari Shapiro, who will be traveling along.

Presidential Race
9:43 am
Sat August 11, 2012

Paul Ryan's Congressional Record

Originally published on Sat August 11, 2012 12:38 pm

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

Now, we also have with us, for more on this announcement, NPR's Washington editor, Ron Elving. Hi, Ron.

RON ELVING, BYLINE: Good to be with you, Linda.

WERTHEIMER: Now, we - also here, NPR political correspondent Don Gonyea. Don.

DON GONYEA, BYLINE: Good morning.

WERTHEIMER: Now, Ron, let me begin with you. Who is Paul Ryan?

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Presidential Race
9:13 am
Sat August 11, 2012

Introducing Rep. Paul Ryan Of Wisconsin

Originally published on Sat August 11, 2012 12:38 pm

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

This is WEEKEND EDITION, from NPR News. I'm Linda Wertheimer.

Paul Ryan, the congressman from Wisconsin, has been selected as the Republican candidate for vice president. Mitt Romney is expected to formally make this announcement of his obvious vice presidential running mate at an event later this morning in Virginia. The pick is a bit of a surprise. Congressman Ryan was not at the top of many lists. He shook off speculation on Fox News in May.

(SOUNDBITE OF FOX NEWS BROADCAST)

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