Paul Ryan’s was a rise so swift and steady it seems scripted: congressional aide, elected to the US House at 28 years old, House Budget Committee chairman, prominent intellect of the GOP, proponent of a controversial plan to cut the deficit and, on Saturday, at just 42 years, named by Mitt Romney as the prospective vice presidential candidate. But unlike Romney, whose family background helped groom him to be a presidential candidate, Ryan’s path to this moment was hardly preordained.
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