America, Meet Paul Ryan
The wonky Wisconsin congressman is only 42. NBC was the first to report that he is expected to be Mitt Romney's running mate.
He was voted “Biggest Brown-Noser” in high school.
This augurs well for becoming the vice-presidential candidate. Dylan Byers tweeted on Friday night that Ryan's Wikipedia page was scrubbed of any reference to the brown-noser thing.
He is a huge Ayn Rand fan.
Ryan has credited the inspiration for his career to the radical libertarian writer Ayn Rand, whose “Objectivist” theories are beloved by libertarians and some conservatives.
“It’s inspired me so much that it’s required reading in my office for all my interns and my staff,” Ryan said in 2005. “We start with Atlas Shrugged. People tell me I need to start with The Fountainhead then go to Atlas Shrugged [laughter]. There’s a big debate about that. We go to Fountainhead, but then we move on, and we require Mises and Hayek as well.”
“But the reason I got involved in public service, by and large, if I had to credit one thinker, one person, it would be Ayn Rand,” Ryan said at the time.
He later distanced himself from Rand's atheism.