Ryan soaks up home-state pride as new Romney mate
WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) — Newly chosen vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan got a little emotional at a homecoming event in his home state of Wisconsin.
The congressman took the stage Sunday evening in Waukesha, looked out over a fairgrounds crowd of thousands and wiped away tears.
Ryan was named Saturday as Republican Mitt Romney’s running mate. The rally was a brief stop home before Ryan embarks on his first solo swing to battleground states like Iowa and Colorado.
Ryan told the home-state crowd that his “veins run with cheese, bratwurst” and local beers.
Romney relished in the showing, too, saying it proves he made the right pick.
Wisconsin has been a hard state for Republicans to crack. No presidential nominee has won its electoral votes since 1984, although some have come excruciatingly close.
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