Mitt Romney reportedly decided on Aug. 1that Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) would be his pick for vice president. The two met on Aug. 5 and Paul accepted the nomination that same day. The decision did not leak until very early Saturday morning, Aug. 11, when NBC News and The Huffington Post confirmed it.
Romney called Ohio Sen. Rob Portman, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell to tell them that they had not been chosen, according to the AP.
There were clues, on Friday night, however. The National Review noted on Friday evening that a private plane had flown earlier in the day from Boston to Chicago, and then to Janesville, Wis., Ryan’s hometown. Beth Myers, who chaired Mitt Romney’s vice-presidential selection process, flew with the Romney campaign to Norfolk on Friday afternoon.
Myers, a suburban Boston lawyer and Karl Rove protege, gave CNN an exclusive interview earlier this week that aired after Romney announced his pick.