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12:09pm

Sat August 11, 2012
NPR Story

Wisconsin's Sen. Johnson On Rep. Ryan

Originally published on Sat August 11, 2012 12:38 pm

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Linda Wertheimer. We are following the big political story this hour. Mitt Romney has announced the other half of his ticket, congressman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin. He's been a champion of conservative fiscal principles as chairman of the House Budget Committee. Let's listen to Paul Ryan from an interview with NPR in May of 2012, shortly after he released his first budget.

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12:09pm

Sat August 11, 2012
NPR Story

Rep. Paul Ryan For VP: GOP Women React

Originally published on Sat August 11, 2012 12:38 pm

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

Linda Chavez is the chair of the Center for Equal Opportunity, and is a conservative columnist and political commentator. And we reached her by telephone. She's in Colorado.

Linda Chavez, hello.

LINDA CHAVEZ: Hi. It's great to be with you.

WERTHEIMER: Are you pleased with this choice?

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12:09pm

Sat August 11, 2012
NPR Story

The New Romney-Ryan Ticket: The White House Reacts

Originally published on Sat August 11, 2012 12:38 pm

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

Just as Mr. Ryan is a champion for fiscal conservatives, he's a big target for Democrats. President Obama's campaign wasted no time in attacking Mitt Romney's new running mate.

NPR's Scott Horsley joins us now. So, Scott, the initial response from the Obama campaign?

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11:20am

Sat August 11, 2012
NPR Story

Why Virginia For Romney's VP Announcement?

Originally published on Sat August 11, 2012 12:38 pm

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

Mitt Romney made his big VP announcement this morning in Norfolk, Virginia, and that, of course, is no coincidence. Virginia is one of the swing states. And in this year's presidential race, and both the Romney and Obama campaigns, have been heavily targeting voters in that state for months. Joining us now, is Larry Sabato. He is the director of the University of Virginia's Center for Politics, and he's on the line from Charlottesville. Larry Sabato, welcome.

LARRY SABATO: Good morning, Linda.

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11:20am

Sat August 11, 2012
NPR Story

Ryan's Budget Makes Plans For Medicare

Originally published on Sat August 11, 2012 12:38 pm

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

This is WEEKEND EDITION, from NPR News. I'm Linda Wertheimer. If you are just joining us, we're following a big announcement this morning. The Republican candidate, Mitt Romney, has chosen his running mate. Congressman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin will share the ticket. For more, I'm joined in the studio by our health policy correspondent, Julie Rovner.

Julie, hello.

JULIE ROVNER, BYLINE: Hello.

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