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The Would-Have-Been Veep

by Jay Nordlinger

And should-have-been veep—Paul Ryan

Washington, D.C. — Paul Ryan is having a quick lunch in his office. And he’s eating what you might expect him to eat: a salad. He does not have the build of a cheeseburger-eater. In his office is a bust of Churchill, and a photo of Lincoln, and a photo of Vince Lombardi. The third of these men, as you know, was the coach of the Green Bay Packers.

Ryan, as you also know, is a Wisconsin congressman. He is chairman of the House Budget Committee. And, in 2012, he was the vice-presidential nominee of the Republican party, running with Mitt Romney. We talk a little football — and then get down to business.

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