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Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan accepted his party's nomination last night with a blistering indictment of President Obama's policies.

The 42-year-old Wisconsin Congressman used the Republican National Convention stage as a way to introduce his family (wife Janna Ryan and kids) and vision.

Ryan ripped Obamacare, the president's prized legislative accomplishment, claiming it was passed "at the expense of the elderly" and an economic boondoggle.

He also made an enthusiastic appeal to young voters, attempting to tie the Obama administration's policies to high unemployment among college graduates.

Ryan conjured up the image of 20-somethings in their childhood bedrooms "staring up at fading Obama posters, wondering when they can move out and get going with life."

He portrayed a country that isn't better off than it was four years earlier, with the future an "adventureless journey" overly reliant on government programs.

Paul Ryan also railed against Barack Obama's stimulus program and said that under his leadership, society moves from crisis to crisis without an end in sight.

"It began with a financial crisis; it ends with a job crisis ... It began with a housing crisis they alone didn't cause; it ends with a housing crisis they didn't correct."

Less uplifting than Chris Christie or Ann Romney the night before, Ryan's pointed RNC speech hoped to set the tone for himself and Mitt Romney this fall.

How do you think he did? Comment and vote below ...

Paul Ryan: Good choice for VP?

 

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Republicans. When will they learn.

With some notable exceptions (Ted Nugent, Dave Mustaine, Hank Williams Jr.), music stars seem far from keen on having their material used at GOP campaign rallies.

Today, Dee Snider became the latest to decry such a move. He surely won't be the last. Said a rep for the Twisted Sister rocker / Celebrity Apprentice star:

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"It was brought to my attention today that Paul Ryan has been using client Dee Snider's composition 'We're Not Gonna Take It' in his political campaign to become the Vice President of The United States of America.

Dee does not support Paul Ryan. Accordingly, Dee has released this statement to Benjy Sarlin, campaign reporter for TPM in Washington, DC:

'I emphatically denounce Paul Ryan's use of my song 'Were Not Gonna Take It' as recorded by my band Twisted Sister. There is almost nothing on which I agree with Paul Ryan, except perhaps the use of the P90X.'"

The hilarious footnote to that statement refers to Ryan's personal training regimen ... check out Paul Ryan shirtless, the man's in good shape.

In any case, Paul can cross Twisted Sister off the list. The way this is going, he's going to cycle through dozens of jukebox heroes by election day.

Heck, Rage Against the Machine's Tom Morello went out of his way to slam Ryan for merely saying he was a fan of the group in an interview.

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You asked for it (well, maybe) and now you've got it: The very first photo of Paul Ryan shirtless has been revealed, and let's just say the GOP V.P. candidate is more cut than Medicare and Social Security will be if he's elected in November.

Okay, not really … he looks good, but not absolutely ripped.

Paul Ryan Shirtless

Mitt Romney's running mate is seen here in a photo posted on TMZ, taken around six years ago, right before Ryan supposedly got hooked on the P90X workout.

The woman on the left is Paul's wife Janna Ryan.

He looks terrific, no doubt, but perhaps not quite at the level of a fitness fanatic whose alleged six-pack made Paul Ryan shirtless photos a trending online topic.

Onto the real questions facing us this fall:

Paul Ryan: Good choice for Republican VP?

 

Who's your pick in November?

 

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Republican Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan has cited Rage Against the Machine as one of his favorite bands in a number of interviews.

According to band member Tom Morello, the admiration is far from mutual.

In a blistering Rolling Stone op-ed, Morello absolutely BLASTS Mitt Romney's VP pick as "the embodiment of the machine our music rages against."

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Morello compares Ryan's appreciation of RATM to N.J. Gov. Chris Christie's liking for Bruce Springsteen ... or Charles Manson's love for The Beatles.

Painting him as "antithetical" to progress, Morello lambasts the Congressman's "guiding vision of shifting revenue more radically to the one percent."

He goes on to observe that Paul Ryan has plenty of "rage," but claims it's "A rage against women, a rage against immigrants, a rage against workers, a rage against gays, a rage against the poor, a rage against the environment."

Ouch.

The Grammy-winning guitarist has a history of outspoken activism, but he's far from alone in wanting to separate his music from the GOP ticket.

Wednesday, Silversun Pickups tore into Mitt Romney for playing their hit "Panic Switch" at an event ... and joked that the title symbolizes his campaign.

Sorry, Mitt and Paul. There's always Ted Nugent and Dave Mustaine.

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Vice President Joe Biden raised eyebrows at a Virginia campaign rally today when he said Mitt Romney and his economic ideas would "put y'all back in chains."

Of the Republican ticket and newly-minted VP nominee Paul Ryan's budget plan, Biden said: "They’ve said it. Every Republican’s voted for it."

"Look at what they value. Look at their budget and what they’re proposing. [Romney] said in the first 100 days, he’s going to let the big banks once again write their own rules – unchain Wall Street ... They’re going to put y’all back in chains."

While Biden likely meant that Americans would be shackled, metaphorically, by corporate greed, his words conjured up more provocative imagery.

Romney spokesperson Andrea Saul said “The comments made by the vice president are not acceptable in our political discourse and demonstrate yet again that the Obama campaign will say and do anything to win this election."

Obama deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter didn't back down.

"I think [President Obama] probably agrees with Joe Biden's sentiments," Cutter said. "He's using a metaphor to talk about what's going to happen."

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People really want to see Paul Ryan shirtless apparently.

The newly-minted 2012 Republican V.P. nominee has inspired a wave of searches for his sculpted bod, according to a hilarious new Google infographic.

Since Mitt Romney announced Ryan as his running mate on Saturday, the most popular search keywords after Paul's name were "Vice President."

Makes sense ... but "Shirtless" was a close second:

Ryan Shirtless Infographic

"Wiki," always a funny search term in that one could simply go on Wikipedia and type in his name, was third, followed by "Budget" coming in fourth.

The 42-year-old Congressman, who's married and has three kids with Janna Ryan, is certainly younger and better looking than most people in politics.

He's also "fierce" about working out and goes to the U.S. House gym at the crack of dawn every morning. Paul surely has an impressive six pack.

Good luck finding pictures of it online, though.

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No authentic photos of Ryan's already legendary abs or chest can actually be found using Google ... we looked. If you can prove us wrong, do tell.

Better yet, if you have your own, send those in! The American people demand to know ... about entitlement reform and balancing the federal budget.

And Paul Ryan shirtless. Make it so, Internet. Make it so.

UPDATE: We now have a Paul Ryan shirtless pic!

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Janna Ryan, the wife of U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, has quickly and predictably been thrust into the national spotlight since her husband, a Wisconsin Congressman, was announced as the Republican nominee for Vice President by Mitt Romney.

Here are a few things to know about the 43-year-old Janna:

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1. Janna Ryan is 43, and married Paul in 2000. She is stay-at-home mom raising three young children in Wisconsin, Elizabeth, Charles and Samuel (above).

2. Ryan, whose maiden name was Little, grew up in Madill, Oklahoma. Both of her parents spent their careers as successful lawyers in private practice.

A town in Oklahoma, Little City, is named after her family. Like her parents, Janna has a law degree, having graduated from George Washington in 1998.

3. Her family has strong political - and Democratic - connections; Her uncle, David Boren, served as a Democratic governor of Oklahoma and later as its U.S. senator.

Boren's son, Dan Boren, is Janna's cousin and a member of House of Representatives. A Blue Dog Democrat, he has often voted across party lines.

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One day after Mitt Romney announced that Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan will be his Vice President, the GOP ticket sat down with CBS' 60 Minutes.

Veteran journalist Bob Schieffer definitely did not hold back, asking the 42-year-old Ryan what his role would be: “Are you gonna be the attack dog?”

Ryan's response was direct: “I’m gonna help him win the race.”

In typical Ryan fashion, he was low-key and calm about it, but game for a fight. “It was one against two for awhile, now it’s two against two,” he said.

When the conversation turned to tax returns - a hot topic given Romney's reluctance to release more than to years - Ryan stumbled briefly at first.

“I’m going to release the same amount of years as Governor Romney has,” he said. “I’m gonna be releasing two, which is what he’s releasing."

"But what I hear from people around the [United States], they’re not asking where are the tax returns. They’re asking where the jobs are.”

Deftly pivoting to his preferred talking points (and frankly, issues that are actually important), Ryan successfully avoided that potential quagmire.

The 60 Minutes interview ended with Romney being asked about his gaffe when he announced Ryan as “the next President of the United States.”

Romney laughed about it, before noting that President Obama did the same thing four years ago when he introduced current V.P. Joe Biden.

Who's your pick in 2012?

 

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So, Paul Ryan may be the next President of the United States. Vice President, we mean. Vice President of the United States.

While opinions spread around the country regarding Mitt Romney's running mate, let's go to Hollywood for the reaction of several celebrities to the news. All courtesy of Twitter...

Paul Ryan and Mitt Romney

Elizabeth Banks: "I can confirm categorically that I am NOT Mitt Romney's VP nominee. #gamechange."

Michael Ian Black: "Romney/Ryan = same initials as Ronald Reagan. THINK ABOUT IT!!!"

Andy Cohen: I really hope someone has the guts to ask Paul Ryan's stance on the KStew/RPatz situation in California. #NeedClarification

Sanjay Gupta: #43 on the list of things that make you feel old: the VP candidate is younger than you are. paul ryan was born in 1970.

Eva Longoria: Romney's VP pick voted against equal pay for women and repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell. We can't go backward.

Michael Moore: Channeling Bush, war supporters/military dodgers Romney and Ryan insult those who served by using battleship as their prop.

Rupert Murdoch: Thank God! Now we might have a real election on the great issues of the day. Paul Ryan almost perfect choice.

Andy Richter: I think saying "worst recovery in 70 years" is kinda cute. Doesn't at all beg the phrase "worst recession in 70 years."

Russell Simmons: Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan, two men who will destroy our people...

Olivia Wilde: Two R's won't make it right. Romney/Ryan are Wrong for America.

What do YOU think? Was Ryan a solid choice?

 

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Mitt Romney picked Paul Ryan for Vice President this morning, and apparently thinks very highly of him, as Paul received a promotion within five minutes!

Okay, not really, but in introducing the Wisconsin Congressman and rising GOP star to a Norfolk, Va., crowd, Romney finished his remarks with a gaffe:

"Join me in welcoming the next President of the United States, Paul Ryan!"

Of course ... if President Obama wins reelection, then Ryan wins the White House in 2016, Romney could be proven correct! Chances are that's not what he meant.

Mitt caught his error as Ryan made his way to the podium, then joked that "every now and then I've been known to make a mistake ... I didn't make one with this guy."

"I can tell you this, he's going to be the next Vice President of the United States."

Ryan and his budget-cutting ideas have the potential to transform the 2012 race; both parties responded to his nomination with a "game on" approach.

Support for the mix of spending cuts and tax cuts proposed by Ryan, 42, has become a litmus test on the right, and opposing them a rallying cry on the left.

What do you think: Is Paul Ryan a good choice for V.P.?