Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan campaign in Virginia

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and newly announced running mate Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) campaigned across Virginia on Saturday, Aug. 11. Romney announced that Ryan was his vice-presidential pick during a morning rally in Norfolk. The pair then held events in Ashland and Manassas.


  1. The Romney campaign said late Friday, Aug. 10, that the former Massachusetts governor would announce his VP selection Saturday morning in Norfolk.
  2. The news that Ryan was Romney's choice broke overnight, before the selection was officially disclosed.
  3. Romney introduced Ryan as his running mate aboard the USS Wisconsin during a rally at the Nauticus Museum in Norfolk.
  4. Mitt Romney VP Announcement with Rep. Paul Ryan (C-SPAN)
  5. More scenes from the campaign rally:
  6. And here's the full text of their speeches:
  7. Romney and Ryan were then off to Ashland, a town located north of Richmond.
  8. The two also campaigned in Manassas in Prince William County, an outer suburb of Washington, D.C. In 2008, Obama beat John McCain in the county on his way to winning the state. But Prince William (and Loudoun, another of the District's outer suburban counties) is considered one of the key counties that will determine which way Virginia swings this year.