Mitt Romney picks Paul Ryan as VP

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NORFOLK, Virginia — Mitt Romney officially announced U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan as his running mate in the presidential race Saturday morning.

Romney made his declaration at the U.S.S. Wisconsin, a museum battleship at the National Maritime Center in Norfolk.

Romney said he has made mistakes before, but choosing Ryan is not one of them.

Ryan told the crowd he represents “a part of America that includes inner cities, rural areas, suburbs and factory towns. Over the years I have seen and heard from a lot from families, from a lot of those running small businesses, and from people who are in need. But what I have heard lately, that’s what troubles me the most. There is something different in their voice and in their words. What I hear from them are diminished dreams, lowered expectations, uncertain futures.

Ryan believes Romney has a great vision for our nation and is honored to work with him on rebuilding the economy.

Romney is scheduled to take a bus tour through four battleground states — Virginia, North Carolina, Florida, and Ohio.

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