10 interesting facts about Paul Ryan

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney will name his vice presidential nominee Saturday morning in Norfolk, Virginia. Speculation is swirling that the pick very well could be House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan. Here are 10 interesting facts about the Wisconsin congressman:

10.) Ryan’s father died of a heart attack at 55 when Ryan was 16. Both Ryan’s grandfather and great grandfather died of heart attacks in their late 50s.

9.) Ryan worked for Oscar Meyer Wiener while in college and even drove the Wienermobile.

8.) He was elected to Congress in 1998 at the age of 28.

7.) He’s a big fan of Objectivist philosopher Ayn Rand — even saying that he has made Rand’s magnum opus “Atlas Shrugged” required reading for his staff and interns. Recently, however, the Catholic Ryan noted that he didn’t subscribe to Rand’s atheist philosophy, at least not in its totality.



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