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August 12, 2012 | By Kathleen Hennessey
JANESVILLE, Wis. -- Dark-haired and athletic, Irish Catholic and connected. Youthful, successful, sophisticated and large. It's not so hard to see why, in this small town, the Ryan clan drew comparisons to another famous family. “We always compared them to the Kennedys,” said Jan Campbell, who rushed out to the curb at 7 a.m. Saturday to put up a sign supporting her neighbor, Rep. Paul D. Ryan , and his surprise ascent onto the Republican presidential ticket. PHOTOS: Paul Ryan's past With their easy charm, good looks and size -- Campbell counts 13 Ryans living in the area -- the family and all its many branches just seemed to fit the bill.
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November 14, 2012 | By Bob Secter, Tribune reporter
In the closing days of his vice-presidential run, Paul D. Ryan sought to connect with voters in small- and medium-sized towns across Ohio by repeatedly telling them how much their community had in common with his own hometown of Janesville, Wis. Now, post-election, the Wisconsin congressman is blaming his Republican ticket loss with presidential contender Mitt Romney on a huge turnout of urban voters for President Obama. One flaw in that analysis may be that election results indicate the Romney-Ryan ticket didn't exactly connect with the voters back in Janesville, either.
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August 12, 2012 | By Kathleen Hennessey, Alana Semuels and Lisa Mascaro
JANESVILLE, Wis. - In this blue-collar town, where Mitt Romney's running mate,Paul D. Ryan, grew up and still lives, the extended Ryan family is something of an institution. For many locals, the Ryans have a mystique reminiscent of another, more famous Irish American Catholic family. "We always compared them to the Kennedys," said Jan Campbell, a neighbor whose father was a law partner with Ryan's father. "They even played touch football on Thanksgiving. " David Barry, who has lived across the street from Ryan for almost a decade, said his neighbor's "energy, youth, patriotism … always reminded me of a young Jack Kennedy.
NATIONAL
September 5, 2012 | By Kathleen Hennessey and Michael Finnegan, Los Angeles Times
NORFOLK, Va. — President Obama told college students here Tuesday that wealthy Republican interests were hoping they would become disillusioned and discouraged by a deluge of negative political messages this fall. Those rich donors may not expect them to vote for Republican Mitt Romney, Obama said, but it will benefit Romney if the president's supporters simply decide to sit out the presidential election. "They figure that if you don't vote, big oil will write our energy future, insurance companies will write our healthcare plans, and politicians will dictate what a woman can or can't do when it comes to her own health," Obama told an outdoor rally at Norfolk State University.
NEWS
November 14, 2012 | By Bob Secter, Tribune reporter
In the closing days of his vice-presidential run, Paul D. Ryan sought to connect with voters in small- and medium-sized towns across Ohio by repeatedly telling them how much their community had in common with his own hometown of Janesville, Wis. Now, post-election, the Wisconsin congressman is blaming his Republican ticket loss with presidential contender Mitt Romney on a huge turnout of urban voters for President Obama. One flaw in that analysis may be that election results indicate the Romney-Ryan ticket didn't exactly connect with the voters back in Janesville, either.
NATIONAL
August 18, 2012 | By Kathleen Hennessey, Washington Bureau
JANESVILLE, Wis. - In September 2008, as Wall Street was roiling with calamity, Rep. Paul D. Ryan was facing another looming disaster back home. A General Motors plant, the lifeblood of his hometown, was set to close. The huge Suburbans and Tahoes from the Janesville production line were no longer in vogue. The aging plant was to stop production by Christmas - unless Ryan and other Wisconsin officials could save it. Ryan, then the ranking Republican on the House Budget Committee, flew to Detroit to cajole GM executives.
NEWS
August 27, 2012 | By Alana Semuels
JANESVILLE, Wis. - Returning to the high school where he launched his career in politics and was also prom king, Paul D. Ryan attended his last rally on Monday before he travels to the Republican National Convention, capping off more than two weeks of campaigning as Mitt Romney's running mate. Ryan appeared to be trying out some new material before the convention, telling voters that communities needed to help themselves, rather than rely on government. He praised Janesville's food bank, its community hospital, its YMCAand Boys and Girls Clubs, telling the crowd that it was Janesville and towns like it throughout the country that the Romney-Ryan campaign was trying to protect.
NEWS
September 4, 2012 | By Michael Finnegan
CLEVELAND - Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan declined on Tuesday to back away from statements in his party convention speech that nonpartisan fact checkers have branded as false or misleading. In a round of television interviews, the Wisconsin congressman was challenged by network anchors to defend statements on Medicare, the federal deficit and the 2008 closing of a GM plant in his hometown, Janesville. Asked by NBC “Today” show anchor Matt Lauer whether he would concede that some of his statements “were not completely accurate,” Ryan responded: “No.
NATIONAL
September 5, 2012 | By Kathleen Hennessey and Michael Finnegan, Los Angeles Times
NORFOLK, Va. — President Obama told college students here Tuesday that wealthy Republican interests were hoping they would become disillusioned and discouraged by a deluge of negative political messages this fall. Those rich donors may not expect them to vote for Republican Mitt Romney, Obama said, but it will benefit Romney if the president's supporters simply decide to sit out the presidential election. "They figure that if you don't vote, big oil will write our energy future, insurance companies will write our healthcare plans, and politicians will dictate what a woman can or can't do when it comes to her own health," Obama told an outdoor rally at Norfolk State University.
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August 26, 2012 | Adam Tschorn, Los Angeles Times
When Rep. Paul D. Ryan (R.-Wis.) billowed onto the national political stage in Norfolk, Va., as Mitt Romney's vice presidential running mate this month, the reaction was swift and unanimous - at least among the fashion-focused. Press pundits, fashion critics and men's magazines bemoaned sartorial missteps such as a suit jacket so voluminous and ill-fitting it could have been inspired by David Byrne's "Stop Making Sense" suit. Kurt Soller, writing for Esquire, described Ryan's get-up as "a trash-bag black suit with a silhouette that would be great - if you were Herman Munster.
NEWS
September 4, 2012 | By Michael Finnegan
CLEVELAND - Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan declined on Tuesday to back away from statements in his party convention speech that nonpartisan fact checkers have branded as false or misleading. In a round of television interviews, the Wisconsin congressman was challenged by network anchors to defend statements on Medicare, the federal deficit and the 2008 closing of a GM plant in his hometown, Janesville. Asked by NBC “Today” show anchor Matt Lauer whether he would concede that some of his statements “were not completely accurate,” Ryan responded: “No.
NEWS
August 27, 2012 | By Alana Semuels
JANESVILLE, Wis. - Returning to the high school where he launched his career in politics and was also prom king, Paul D. Ryan attended his last rally on Monday before he travels to the Republican National Convention, capping off more than two weeks of campaigning as Mitt Romney's running mate. Ryan appeared to be trying out some new material before the convention, telling voters that communities needed to help themselves, rather than rely on government. He praised Janesville's food bank, its community hospital, its YMCAand Boys and Girls Clubs, telling the crowd that it was Janesville and towns like it throughout the country that the Romney-Ryan campaign was trying to protect.
IMAGE
August 26, 2012 | Adam Tschorn, Los Angeles Times
When Rep. Paul D. Ryan (R.-Wis.) billowed onto the national political stage in Norfolk, Va., as Mitt Romney's vice presidential running mate this month, the reaction was swift and unanimous - at least among the fashion-focused. Press pundits, fashion critics and men's magazines bemoaned sartorial missteps such as a suit jacket so voluminous and ill-fitting it could have been inspired by David Byrne's "Stop Making Sense" suit. Kurt Soller, writing for Esquire, described Ryan's get-up as "a trash-bag black suit with a silhouette that would be great - if you were Herman Munster.
NATIONAL
August 25, 2012 | By Ralph Vartabedian, Richard A. Serrano and Ken Bensinger, Los Angeles Times
John "Sly" Sylvester, a radio commentator and Democratic operative in Madison, Wis., was dining at a Mexican restaurant in Washington with then-Wisconsin Sen. Russ Feingold about 20 years ago when a young Paul Ryan walked up. "He was our waiter," Sylvester said. Feingold knew Ryan's late father and, as they chatted, Ryan "said he even used to listen to my show when he was a kid," Sylvester recalled. Examples like that have helped Ryan, soon-to-be the GOP's vice presidential nominee, burnish his credentials as a youthful working-class guy. "I don't know about you, but when I was growing up, when I was flipping burgers at McDonald's, when I was standing in front of that big Hobart machine washing dishes, or waiting tables, I never thought of myself as stuck in some station in life," Ryan recently told a crowd at a high school in suburban Denver.
NATIONAL
August 18, 2012 | By Kathleen Hennessey, Washington Bureau
JANESVILLE, Wis. - In September 2008, as Wall Street was roiling with calamity, Rep. Paul D. Ryan was facing another looming disaster back home. A General Motors plant, the lifeblood of his hometown, was set to close. The huge Suburbans and Tahoes from the Janesville production line were no longer in vogue. The aging plant was to stop production by Christmas - unless Ryan and other Wisconsin officials could save it. Ryan, then the ranking Republican on the House Budget Committee, flew to Detroit to cajole GM executives.
NATIONAL
August 12, 2012 | By Kathleen Hennessey, Alana Semuels and Lisa Mascaro
JANESVILLE, Wis. - In this blue-collar town, where Mitt Romney's running mate,Paul D. Ryan, grew up and still lives, the extended Ryan family is something of an institution. For many locals, the Ryans have a mystique reminiscent of another, more famous Irish American Catholic family. "We always compared them to the Kennedys," said Jan Campbell, a neighbor whose father was a law partner with Ryan's father. "They even played touch football on Thanksgiving. " David Barry, who has lived across the street from Ryan for almost a decade, said his neighbor's "energy, youth, patriotism … always reminded me of a young Jack Kennedy.
SPORTS
January 8, 1989 | RANDY HARVEY, Times Staff Writer
One daughter, barely 16, lives in Houston, where she has developed into the country's best gymnast. Another daughter, 14, lives in Southern California, where she is making a name for herself as a figure skater. A son, 18, the eldest of half a dozen children, has returned to the family nest in Northfield, Ill., an upper middle-class suburb of Chicago, after sharpening his speed skating skills for a year in Butte, Mont., and Calgary.
NATIONAL
August 25, 2012 | By Ralph Vartabedian, Richard A. Serrano and Ken Bensinger, Los Angeles Times
John "Sly" Sylvester, a radio commentator and Democratic operative in Madison, Wis., was dining at a Mexican restaurant in Washington with then-Wisconsin Sen. Russ Feingold about 20 years ago when a young Paul Ryan walked up. "He was our waiter," Sylvester said. Feingold knew Ryan's late father and, as they chatted, Ryan "said he even used to listen to my show when he was a kid," Sylvester recalled. Examples like that have helped Ryan, soon-to-be the GOP's vice presidential nominee, burnish his credentials as a youthful working-class guy. "I don't know about you, but when I was growing up, when I was flipping burgers at McDonald's, when I was standing in front of that big Hobart machine washing dishes, or waiting tables, I never thought of myself as stuck in some station in life," Ryan recently told a crowd at a high school in suburban Denver.
NEWS
August 12, 2012 | By Kathleen Hennessey
JANESVILLE, Wis. -- Dark-haired and athletic, Irish Catholic and connected. Youthful, successful, sophisticated and large. It's not so hard to see why, in this small town, the Ryan clan drew comparisons to another famous family. “We always compared them to the Kennedys,” said Jan Campbell, who rushed out to the curb at 7 a.m. Saturday to put up a sign supporting her neighbor, Rep. Paul D. Ryan , and his surprise ascent onto the Republican presidential ticket. PHOTOS: Paul Ryan's past With their easy charm, good looks and size -- Campbell counts 13 Ryans living in the area -- the family and all its many branches just seemed to fit the bill.
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