By TONY LEE, 11 Aug 2012
In age in which 24-hour cable news, blogs, Twitter, Facebook, and talk radio have made the news cycle both incessant and insatiable, Paul Ryan’s life — and his family’s — will never be the same now that Mitt Romney has chosen him to be his running mate.
The white-hot spotlight — and its glare — will be on him and his past, but Ryan seems grounded and steady enough to withstand the coming storm, mainly because of the two people who have influenced him the most — his late father and the late Jack Kemp. He is as focused on his physical well-being as he is about the country’s fiscal health because of the influences of his late dad and Kemp, respectively.
As a teenager, Ryan found his father dead of a heart attack in his bed, and this event transformed his life. His grandfather and great grandfather also died in their 50s. Aware of this, Ryan became invested in fitness and healthy eating (he swears off sweets such as birthday cakes given to him by staffers or friends) as preventative measures, so he would not meet the same fate as other males in his family.