Romney’s Pick Was Shrouded In Secrecy

August 12, 2012 12:00 AM
Romney’s Pick Was Shrouded In Secrecy
" NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — After Mitt Romney decided on a running mate, Paul Ryan’s carefully planned transition from congressman to vice presidential candidate began — in deep secret.

Almost a week ago, Ryan snuck through Chicago’s O’Hare airport in a baseball cap and sunglasses and flew to New England. A Romney adviser’s 19-year-old son picked up Ryan and drove him to a private meeting in his parents’ dining room where the deal was sealed.

By Friday afternoon, Ryan was cutting through the Wisconsin woods behind his home to evade a reporter on the street out front, and heading to North Carolina. By night, he was eating Applebee’s takeout at a nondescript chain hotel in that state and preparing for his big debut speech, according to a top Romney campaign aide who described the furtive maneuvering to reporters late Saturday.

All this, so that no one would see it coming: A Saturday morning unveiling of the GOP ticket in Norfolk outside the USS Wisconsin, the battleship named for Ryan’s home state, as the sweeping theme from the movie “Air Force One” played "

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