Romney announces Paul Ryan as running mate

RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) — Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney announced Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin would be his running mate. The Romney campaign sent an alert via its campaign smartphone app Saturday morning.

Romney and Ryan are expected to appear together Saturday morning in Norfolk, when the pair begins a four-day, four-state bus tour.

The Romney bus tour is scheduled to stop in Ashland, Va. around 12:30 p.m. Saturday.

Romney called several of the Republicans on his vice presidential shortlist on Friday evening to tell them he has selected a running mate and to thank them for assisting with his campaign, a Republican familiar with the calls told CNN.

The bus tour itself has also been driving vice presidential chatter since its itinerary was first revealed by CNN early last week.

The campaign swing will take Romney through major media markets in four battleground states – Virginia, North Carolina, Florida…

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