Gov. Bob McDonnell Passed Over for VP; Mitt Romney Picks Rep. Paul Ryan

Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan will join presumptive GOP nominee in bid for president instead of Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, who some say was on the short list.

Just more than two weeks before he's expected to receive a presidential nomination at the Republican National Convention, Mitt Romney announced Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan would join him on the ballot in the 2012 election, passing over Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, who had been on the short list of many political experts.

Romney will be in Manassas this afternoon on a campaign stop and McDonnell is scheduled to attend. ( starting at 4 p.m. Saturday.)

Romney was scheduled to make the announcement Saturday morning before 9 a.m. in Norfolk as he starts a tour of Virginia, an important swing state in this year's presidential elections, but earlier in the morning.

Just days ago in Dale City,  this fall.

McDonnell was among a short list of other prominent Republicans considered for the spot, including Tim Pawlenty, the former governor of Minnesota, and Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio, according to the New York Times.

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio was also considered among Romney's top picks, he preferred to work in the Senate.

Virginia hasn't seen a native vice president in more than 170 years. The last time a Virginian was a vice president of the United States was in 1841 for about a month — John Tyler served in the administration of William Henry Harrison. Tyler became president following Harrison's death after just 32 days in office. Thomas Jefferson was vice president from 1797 to 1801 in the John Adams administration.

from the Romney campaign, "U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan is in his seventh term in Congress representing Wisconsin’s First Congressional District.  He is Chairman of the House Budget Committee, where he has worked tirelessly leading the effort to reign in federal spending and increase accountability to taxpayers. He also serves on the House Ways and Means Committee, where he has focused on simplifying the tax code and making health care more affordable and accessible."

said he was "thrilled to be a part of America's Comeback Team."

"I believe my record of getting things done in Congress will be a very helpful complement to Governor Romney’s executive and private sector success outside Washington," said Ryan. "I have worked closely with Republicans as well as Democrats to advance an agenda of economic growth, fiscal discipline, and job creation."

Patch will update this story as more information becomes available.

Speak out: See about Romney's pick here. 

Earlier Coverage: 

VIDEO: McDonnell Will be 'Top Advocate' for Romney in Virginia

Locally Involved September 03, 2012 at 09:30 PM
@oldtowner - LOL!! Hey, just glad to be an older white woman who can't get prego! I think back to the days of being the old white woman manager in a Fortune 500 company. How much woman have needed to fight for the right to be taken as serious minded - and then overcome being intelligent and in a career and NOT against marriage. When you needed your husband's signature to get a credit card. The right to make my own personal medical decisions is just a continuation of the struggle. Here's to being older and NOT going back to the policies of the past!
Lee Hernly September 03, 2012 at 10:12 PM
Oldtowner - Uh, the word vaginal never appears in the bill. You can read the bill here (only 3 pages): http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?121+ful+HB462H1+pdf Having three kids of my own, I know full well the difference in types of ultrasounds. You do know that ALL Planned Parenthood facilities and 99% of other abortion clinics pre-2012 bill performed ultrasounds on their patients prior to performing an abortion don't you? The bill was aimed at the 1% of clinics that don't. As for the NY Times reference, that's like having Rafael Palmiero reporting on Sammy Sosa's steroid use. The Times isn't the paper it used to be. Even the outgoing editor of the Times admitted to the paper's 'progressive' bias: http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/08/new-york-times-public-editor-liberal-bias.php Arthur Brisbane wrote: Across the paper’s many departments, though, so many share a kind of political and cultural progressivism — for lack of a better term — that this worldview virtually bleeds through the fabric of The Times.
Lee Hernly September 03, 2012 at 10:44 PM
@ Locally - The whole 'transvaginal' thing started with Planned Parenthood and David Englin propagating the lie. Read the bill. It's NOT in there. ALL Planned Parenthood facilities and 99% of the other abortion clinics were already performing ultrasounds before this bill was introduced. Where is your outrage there? This bill was designed so that the 1% of clinic doctors, not some GOPer followed the 'standard medical practice in the community' as it says in the bill.
rick barasso September 03, 2012 at 10:49 PM
OT I know trying to enlighten those bigoted individuals with closed minds, no compassion for their fellow man, and are led by greed is like trying to push water uphill. However, I have trouble remaining silent and allowing them to spread their agenda of fear and hate without challenging their falsehoods, misinformation, and dogma. Those who are open minded, and undecided deserve to hear the truth. "Facts desire investigation, Lies depend on their partners for success." One who allows a lie to continue unchallenged is as quilty as the person who spreads the lie...
Lee Hernly September 03, 2012 at 10:53 PM
Considering the Democrat Party's long and shameful history of bigotry and racism, let's see if you can walk the walk and talk the talk there Rick.
Lee Hernly September 03, 2012 at 10:54 PM
Jim Moran's called blacks 'hyenas' - I'm ready for debate whenever you are...
Locally Involved September 03, 2012 at 11:01 PM
@rick - always find it fascinating that the far right has no problem remembering the 2nd amendment, but draws a blank on the 8th commandment: Thou shalt not bear false witness.
Locally Involved September 03, 2012 at 11:02 PM
Obama will wipe up Romney in the debate. This is gonna be just tooooo much fun!
rick barasso September 03, 2012 at 11:05 PM
DJ says "we should study the laffer curve" Let's take a look at what economist who have studied said curve have to say: http://economistsview.typepad.com/economistsview/2012/06/laughing-at-the-laffer-curve.html http://crooksandliars.com/jon-perr/economists-fail-republicans-laffer-curve THIS ONE IS REALLY GOOD, EVEN LAFFER HIMSELF SAYS OOPS! http://business.time.com/2012/08/09/arthur-laffers-anti-stimulus-curve-ball-is-a-foul/ It should be interesting to see how he defends a theory that the guy who developed the theory says doesn't work...
rick barasso September 03, 2012 at 11:16 PM
To Lee Here is a excellent example of Right Wing misrepresentation: I'm glad you brought it up. To those undecideds or independents out there please read what actually transpired versus what Lee discribed as "Jim Moran's called blacks 'hyenas". Then Lee said "I'm ready for debate whenever you are" To Lee I say, if this is all you've got, you are way out of your league thinking you can debate me... http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/01/jim-moran-allen-west-get-the-hell-out_n_1247597.html
Locally Involved September 03, 2012 at 11:16 PM
Even Laffer says it's a laugh-er!
Locally Involved September 03, 2012 at 11:23 PM
@Lee - you're out of your league on this board. If you cannot put country before party, cannot tolerate another 4 years of Obama, then I suggest you move to another country. Try to find one without exhorbitant high taxes, public services (like roads), and national healthcare. Good luck to you.
oldtowner September 03, 2012 at 11:24 PM
@Lee H: sheesh...it's like talking to a brick wall....yes, a vaginal ultrasound is not mentioned in the final bill, because McDonnell gave in and removed that requirement. What don't you understand? And once again, attack the source.
Lee Hernly September 03, 2012 at 11:46 PM
Wrong again OT. The copy I linked you to was the prefiled copy as is this one which is dated 1/10/2012. http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?121+ful+HB462 I dare you to find the 'vaginal requirement'. Wasn't in the original bill or in any of the other versions of the bill. Fact is, David Englin, Charmiele Herring and the other Virginia Democrats lied through their teeth.
Lee Hernly September 03, 2012 at 11:52 PM
Rick - You will note even the last line of the Huff Post article makes mention of what I referred to. "According to Moran, Obama was like the "Lion King," while some of the disparaging voices in background were just like "the hyenas" from the play." In case you don’t remember, the movie 'Lion King' portrays the hyenas as “jive-talking gangstas”. Congressman Moran even went so far as to challenge Congressman West’s black authenticity.
Lee Hernly September 03, 2012 at 11:52 PM
And Rick - I am exceedingly happy to debate you anytime.
Lee Hernly September 04, 2012 at 12:00 AM
The most important thing is, no matter who wins the Presidency, is for the GOP to take back the Senate and win more of the House because let's face it Romney is a NE Republican and as Liberal as our current Big Govt President when you get right down to it. This way we force either to govern from the right. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=deRo-BXLAz0
rick barasso September 04, 2012 at 12:38 AM
Ok Lee; Here's what you claimed he said: Jim Moran's called blacks 'hyenas' When in fact, here's what he said: According to Moran, Obama was like the "Lion King," while some of the disparaging voices in background were just like "the hyenas" from the play. Do you see how no one in their right (no pun intended) mind would confuse what he said for "Jim Moran's called blacks 'hyenas' ". Admit it, either you were unaware of what was actually said, in which case, you're welcome for the enlightenment. OR you were trying to mislead us into believing that a Democrat "Jim Moran's called blacks 'hyenas". Now before you try to take a "falsehood" and expand on it, remember "the truth will set you free"...
rick barasso September 04, 2012 at 12:40 AM
As far as Romney goes, who knows how he'd lead. he's been on both sides of every major issue. I guess it depends who he's talking to...
Barbara Glakas September 04, 2012 at 02:37 AM
Exactly. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8o-HWGk1Qjk
the-stix September 04, 2012 at 09:03 AM
Speaking of flip flops Obama is a master, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ft_Mb-4nXJk
Don Joy September 04, 2012 at 02:38 PM
The concept found in what has come to be known as the Laffer Curve is also actually found in rather ancient writings of Middle Eastern empires concerning a government role in an economy. Even John Maynard Keynes acknowledged and embraced the concept , as did Hume and Adam Smith and others throughout history. Of course, its application is controversial. But a serious person doesn't scoff at its value and relevance. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laffer_curve#History
Don Joy September 04, 2012 at 02:41 PM
Despite what you allege, Art Laffer has not failed to defend his namesake theory, nor has he "said it doesn't work.".
Don Joy September 04, 2012 at 02:48 PM
Show me where he says that. He doesn't.
rick barasso September 04, 2012 at 03:10 PM
DJ I did already. Do I have to read for you?
Don Joy September 04, 2012 at 03:15 PM
Don Joy September 04, 2012 at 03:41 PM
You didn't.
Joe Bagadonuts September 04, 2012 at 11:53 PM
@Scott - google Don Joy and patch.com together. You'll find that this guy spends about 16 hours a day, 7 days a week trolling this site. This is his whole life. Kind of blows your supposition doesn't it?
rick barasso September 05, 2012 at 12:49 AM
Joe B Mike's Bro?
Don Joy September 05, 2012 at 01:39 PM
Limited government exists to protect inalienable rights, such as the right to life. And no one has the right to demand that others pay for their birth control supplies or abortions. Sandra Fluke and the likes of her should just STFU.


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