WASHINGTON -- The Republican running mates, Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan, agree on most major issues, but present a sharp contrast in background, temperament and outlook.
Romney is a businessman who defines himself as a problem solver. His experience is executive, he prides himself on being data-driven and dispassionate about making decisions. He has switched positions on several major issues when that appeared politically necessary. He spent his career outside Washington and at key points in his life – particularly his early move to set up Bain Capital -- he carefully avoided excessive risk.
Ryan is a policy wonk who defines himself as a thinker. His experience is legislative; he prides himself on being philosophically consistent and passionate about his ideology. He has spent his entire career in Washington and advocates taking big risks to make big gains.
“Some argue that we should downplay bold agendas and simply wage a campaign focused solely on the president and his party,” Ryan told reporters earlier this year. “I firmly disagree. Boldness and clarity offer the greatest opportunity to create a winning coalition. We will not only win the next election - we have a unique opportunity to sweep and remake the political landscape."