Early Saturday morning, presumptive Republican nominee for president Mitt Romney announced Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan as his vice presidential pick. What kind of social presence does Ryan have?
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His top three most retweeted tweets all have to do with the budget -- fitting for Ryan, who made a name for himself serving as Chairman of the House Budget Committee and advocating for severely reduced government spending. He rarely interacts with constituents the way other socially-savvy politicians, such as Newark Mayor Cory Booker, often do.
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His first and so far only tweet under the new account has already been retweeted thousands of times:
— Paul Ryan (@PaulRyanVP) August 11, 2012
— Mitt Romney (@MittRomney) August 11, 2012
Interestingly, Ryan never tweeted about Mitt Romney before Saturday, according to 140elect.com.
On Saturday morning, #RomneyRyan2012 became a trending topic and a wide array of politicians used Twitter to comment on Ryan's selection as Romney's running mate:
Paul Ryan, conservative budget hawk..excellent choice who will underscore MR commitment todownsize Washington and restore job creation.
— Rick Perry (@GovernorPerry) August 11, 2012
— Reince Priebus (@Reince) August 11, 2012
Gov. Romney has made a great VP pick. Fiscal sanity is back! Looking forward to helping the Romney-Ryan ticket win in Nov!
— Rick Santorum (@RickSantorum) August 11, 2012
Ryan's Facebook page is clearly intended to bolster his image as a deficit hawk: a graph based on his "Path to Prosperity" plan serves as his cover photo, showing the claimed debt reduction the United States would see under the plan.
Ryan has 116,000 thousand "likes" and often posts content about the economy and YouTube videos of his media appearances.
Ryan's active on two video platforms -- YouTube and Ustream -- but he favors YouTube. His YouTube account has 1.2 million views on 245 videos, which mostly include copies of his media appearances. However, he also uses the platform to address supporters directly:
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