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Romney's secret VP search: How he kept it quiet

August 11, 2012|By Maeve Reston
  • House Budget Committee Chairman, and presumptive vice presidential nominee, Paul Ryan (R-Wis.).
House Budget Committee Chairman, and presumptive vice presidential nominee,… (Chip Somodevilla / Getty…)

One thing we’ve learned about Mitt Romney over the last few months: The man can keep a secret.

When Wisconsin Rep. Paul D. Ryan joins Romney, as is expected, in front of the USS Wisconsin in Norfolk, Va., as his running mate, a development first reported by NBC News, the only hint that the Romney campaign will have given about his choice was the name of that retired battleship, which will serve as the backdrop for the  announcement.

Since the spring when Romney cinched the Republican nomination, he kept the VP selection process a tightly guarded secret between himself and Beth Myers, one of his most trusted aides, who served as his campaign manager in 2008 and his chief of staff during the four years he was governor of Massachusetts.

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