The Big Conversation:
Intended to shake up the presidential race, the announcement of U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan as Mitt Romney's running mate has set Texas Republicans aglow.
Romney's decision — officially announced on Saturday but leaked late Friday — shocked political observers, many of whom had predicted that he would choose either U.S. Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio or former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty. News outlets called the selection of Ryan, the author of the controversial House Republican budget plan, a high-risk move sure to energize both Republicans and Democrats.
Gov. Rick Perry, in Iowa over the weekend ...