Mitt Romney's VP pick Paul Ryan seen as bridge across GOP spectrum

Paul Ryan introduces Mitt Romney before Romney spoke

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Paul Ryan introduces Mitt Romney before Romney spoke at the Grain Exchange in Milwaukee. (April 3, 2012) (Credit: AP)

Even before Wisconsin sent Paul Ryan to Congress, he was meticulously carving a path that seemed to point only upward.

As a young Capitol Hill staffer, he impressed Republican lawmakers with his hustle and intellectual curiosity. He blended quickly with an elite crop of conservative thinkers. By his 30s, he was a congressman on his way to becoming a GOP name brand with his push-the-edge...

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