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Paul Ryan ‚?? What he does for the ticket

Back in 1998, the then-28-year old Ryan came to Human Events to be featured in the ‘Race of the Week’ feature.

Forty-eight hours after Paul Ryan was named as Mitt Romney‚??s vice presidential running mate, Human Events looked back at the Wisconsin congressman, who ony a year ago was named as the HE‚??s ‚??Conservative of the Year.‚?Ě

In an interview with Editor Cathy Taylor, Political Editor John Gizzi‚??just back from covering the Republican State Convention in California and the electrifying effect the news about Ryan had there‚??recalls his own relationship with the Wisconsin man. Noting that he first met Ryan when the 28-year-old was a first-time candidate for Congress back in 1998, Gizzi pointed out that ‚??his ideas and his passion about the future were all quite evident when he came by for me to write a ‚??Race of the Week‚?? feature.‚?Ě

Gizzi points out that, at 42, Ryan is the same age as another GOP vice presidential nominee‚??Theodore Roosevelt in 1900‚??and that he was also controversial as well as a fresh and vigorous candidate.

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John Gizzi has come to be known as ‚??the man who knows everyone in Washington‚?Ě and, indeed, many of those who hold elected positions and in party leadership roles throughout the United States. With his daily access to the White House as a correspondent, Mr. Gizzi offers readers the inside scoop on what‚??s going on in the nation‚??s capital. He is the author of a number of popular Human Events features, such as ‚??Gizzi on Politics‚?Ě and spotlights of key political races around the country. Gizzi also is the host of ‚??Gizzi‚??s America,‚?Ě video interviews that appear on Gizzi got his start at Human Events in 1979 after graduating from Fairfield University in Connecticut and then working for the Travis County (Tex.) Tax Assessor. He has appeared on hundreds of radio and TV shows, including Fox News Channel, C-SPAN, America's Voice,The Jim Bohannon Show, Fox 5, WUSA 9, America's Radio News Network and is also a frequent contributor to the BBC -- and has appeared on France24 TV and German Radio. He is a past president of the Georgetown Kiwanis Club, past member of the St. Matthew's Cathedral's Parish Council, and secretary of the West End Friends of the Library. He is a recipient of the William A. Rusher Award for Journalistic Excellence and was named Journalist of the Year by the Conservative Political Action Conference in 2002. John Gizzi is also a credentialed correspondent at the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. He has questioned two IMF managing directors, Dominique Strauss-Kahn and Christine LaGarde, and has become friends with international correspondents worldwide. John‚??s email is JGizzi@EaglePub.Com