Mitt Romney announced Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Janesville) .
Ryan, 42, has served in the House of Representatives for 14 years, currently chairing the House Budget Committee and serving on the House Ways and Means Committee. In January 2010, Ryan gained attention nationwide after unveiling his "Roadmap for America’s Future."
The New Yorker called the choice of Ryan the "most daring choice of Romney's political career." The magazine noted that the selection of Ryan was a deliberate change in direction for Romney and a move meant to make the campaign into more of an ideological debate.
Romney has been trailing Obama in key states and nationally in recent polls. The polling average at Real Clear Politics, currently has Obama up nationally 48 percent to 43.4 percent.