Things you probably didn’t know about Paul Ryan
Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan is a 'gym rat' who considered becoming a pro skier before turning to politics. He's a budget hawk and strongly antiabortion, but he's gone against the GOP on some issues. And what about his job driving the Wienermobile?
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But as he became more politically prominent – perhaps in an attempt to reset his public image – he claimed to reject Ms. Rand’s world view, which seemed in important ways antithetical to his own strong Roman Catholic faith.Skip to next paragraph
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“I reject her philosophy,” told the National Review this year. “It’s an atheist philosophy. It reduces human interactions down to mere contracts and it is antithetical to my worldview. If somebody is going to try to paste a person’s view on epistemology to me, then give me Thomas Aquinas…. Don’t give me Ayn Rand.”
In Washington, he worked for former US Sen. Bob Kasten (R) of Wisconsin, Republican vice presidential candidate and supply-side advocate Jack Kemp, US Sen. Sam Brownback (R) of Kansas, and the conservative advocacy group Empower America, which was founded by William Bennett and Jeanne Kirkpatrick.
Still, at one point in his life he seriously considered becoming a professional skier before turning to politics.
Ryan’s budget plan is as controversial as it is well-known – a ready target for liberal commentators and the Obama campaign.
“Mr. Ryan has somehow acquired a reputation as a stern fiscal hawk despite offering budget proposals that, far from being focused on deficit reduction, are mainly about cutting taxes for the rich while slashing aid to the poor and unlucky,” New York Times columnist and Nobel economist Paul Krugman wrote in May.
But Ryan sometimes goes against the general drift of his party on other issues.
Ryan is very strongly antiabortion, but the fact that he generally avoids social issues like gay rights “has sometimes gotten him in trouble with conservative activists,” reports Time.
“In 2007, he voted for a bill that would ban employment discrimination based on sexual orientation. He explained his vote because he had friends ‘who didn’t choose to be gay … they were just created that way’.”
Being from the Badger State, Ryan naturally roots for the Green Bay Packers. His outdoor activities include bow hunting deer and fishing for Walleye. And as far as we know, he’s the only member of Congress whose summer jobs included driving the Oscar Meyer “Wienermobile.”
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