Mitt Romney tapped Congressman Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., to be his running mate. Sure -- he's a rising star in the Republican party, but Ryan is also someone who has never run on the national political stage. Top Line caught up with veteran political strategist Tad Devine to take a look at what it will take to transform a relatively unknown congressman into a national candidate.
"One of the biggest things a candidate has to get used to: the pace," says Devine of his experience working with Lloyd Bentsen, Joe Lieberman and John Edwards all as VP candidates. "Everything happens so quickly in a presidential campaign."
Devine says the first thing to figure out about a VP candidate is whether they are completely comfortable with the message and the strategy of the campaign. "If they are not willing to go out and deliver that message with numbing repetition, every single day, you are in big trouble," explains Devine.
But the fast pace, long hours and repetitive stump speeches are onlyRead More »from From congressman to veep: How to make a vice president