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As a young staffer in Congress, he impressed Republican lawmakers with his hustle and intellectual curiosity. He blended quickly with an elite crop of conservative thinkers. By his 30s, he was a congressman on his way to becoming a Republican name brand with his bold budget proposals.

Ryan’s climb reached new heights Saturday when Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney announced him as his running mate.

Standing in front of the battleship USS Wisconsin in Norfolk, Virginia, Ryan proclaimed himself “committed in mind and heart” to the task Romney conferred. He introduced himself as someone, through his years in office, in touch with “inner cities, rural areas, suburbs and factory towns.”

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