Republican VP Nominee Paul Ryan No Stranger To Facebook

By David Cohen 

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), who was announced as Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s running mate Saturday, is no stranger to Facebook, and the social network exploded with activity upon the revealing of the vice presidential nominee.

The photo below was posted on Romney’s Facebook page immediately after the rally in Virginia where the announcement was made Saturday morning.

Shortly thereafter, the Paul Ryan VP Facebook page made its debut, and it had more than 409,000 likes at the time of this post.

The Paul Ryan VP is also being promoted via Facebook ads, including sponsored stories in users’ mobile news feeds.

And the U.S. Politics on Facebook page has been abuzz with Ryan-related activity, including:

Mitt Romney has made a great choice in Paul Ryan. He is an accomplished public servant and a leading voice on the most pressing issues facing our country. Paul is one of my best friends in Congress and someone I have worked closely with as a former colleague on the House Ways & Means Committee. Jane and I wish Paul and Janna and their kids the very best. As the chairman of the Romney campaign in Ohio, I look forward to working with Paul to ensure that the Romney-Ryan ticket carries Ohio and is victorious in November. Most important, as a member of the Senate, I look forward to working closely with a Romney-Ryan administration to restore fiscal sanity and enact pro-growth policies to create jobs.

  • A link to the quick reaction from the Obama Truth Team in the form of an infographic, “Five Things You Need to Know About Mitt Romney’s VP Pick.”
  • Links to reactions from former Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum and former Wisconsin Gov. and Republican Senate candidate Tommy G. Thompson reacting to Ryan’s nomination, with Santorum posting, “Gov. Romney has made a great VP pick. Fiscal sanity is back! Looking forward to helping the Romney-Ryan ticket win in November!,” and Thompson posting, “We must surround the Romney/Ryan ticket with the strongest possible candidates on the ballot. We need a U.S. Senate candidate who will add to the momentum, not take from it. I am the only candidate who will not only win the Senate seat, but also help pull in votes for the Romney/Ryan team.”
  • Video from the House Republican “Young Guns” visit to Facebook headquarters last September, featuring Budget Committee Chairman Ryan, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, and Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy. Ryan said during the event:

The reason I’m optimistic is this is a very precarious time in this country. We are really in a moment unlike others we’ve seen before. If we get this wrong, our best days will be behind us. But that not who we are, that’s not what we do. We fix these problems. We see it as our obligation. If we don’t like the direction that Washington is headed, which we don’t, we feel morally obliged to give you, the people, an alternative. So you can choose. We’ve got to kick this thing upstairs so that people can choose. What we are trying to do, what we are aspiring to do, is reclaim that American idea of equal opportunity and upward mobility. We believe we need to have a safety net to help people who cannot help themselves, to help people who are down on their luck get back on their feet. But we don’t want to convert that safety net into a hammock that lulls able-bodied people into lives of complacency and dependency because that drains them of their own incentive and will to make the most of their lives. What I see happening in this country is that through new media, people are taking charge, they’re getting involved, and they want to do something about it. And that is why at the end of the day, our culture and society’s antibodies are going to kick in, and we’ll fix this before we have a real debt crisis, before we have a real European situation on our hands.

  • Reaction from several other members of the House of Representatives, Senate, and other political notables.
  • On the lighter side, a list of Ryan’s favorites:
  • Favorite Books: Mere Christianity & The Screwtape Letters (C.S. Lewis), Atlas Shrugged (Ayn Rand), The Road to Serfdom (F.A. Hayek), The Way the World Works (Jude Wanniski).
  • Favorite Music: Led Zeppelin, Grateful Dead, Metallica, Beethoven, Hank Williams Jr., and more.
  • Favorite Movies: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly; Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
  • Favorite TV Shows: The Prisoner, Monty Python’s Flying Circus.

Readers: Have you interacted with the Romney-Ryan campaign on Facebook yet?