Ryan Doesn't Meet Mitt's Requirement for President

Romney echoed argument for 3 years of business experience
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 13, 2012 5:59 PM CDT
Updated Aug 13, 2012 6:12 PM CDT

Mitt Romney sets a high bar for anyone seeking the presidency—too high, it seems, for his own running mate to match. At a May speech in Las Vegas, Romney avidly recounted the story of a local businessman who wanted a new Constitutional requirement for presidential candidates: that they have 3 years of business experience. "You see, then he or she would understand that the policies they’re putting in place have to encourage small business, make it easier for business to grow," said Romney. Only problem: Paul Ryan has been a Congressional staffer and lawmaker his entire professional life, with no business experience at all, notes BuzzFeed. (More Paul Ryan stories.)

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