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Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan reunite in Chicago

Paul Ryan (l) and Mitt Romney in Chicago on Aug. 21, 2014.
Paul Ryan (l) and Mitt Romney in Chicago on Aug. 21, 2014.
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Former GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney and his running mate, U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, have reunited in Chicago. It is the political pair’s first reunion since their time spent together during the 2012 presidential campaign in which they were defeated by President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, according to an ABC News report on Thursday. The two appeared together at the Union League Club of Chicago.

During the event, Romney interviewed Ryan about Ryan’s new book, “The Way Forward: Renewing the American Idea.” The book includes Ryan's story of finding his father - who was an alcoholic - dead in bed, due to a heart attack, when Ryan was only 15 years old, according to an NBC News report. While in Chicago, they also did an interview with Megyn Kelly of Fox’s “The Kelly Files.” Romney made it clear that he has a long list of issues that President Barack Obama has not handled well. He was clear in detailing foreign policy errors as well as domestic missteps Obama has made. Ryan was nearly as critical of Obama’s actions since beginning his presidency – and most specifically, during the time Romney would have been president if he would have won the election.

When asked about the future of the two in relation to the presidency, Ryan said that Romney would make the better president. Romney countered that he found Ryan to be very gracious with such a remark but also made it clear that it is Ryan’s turn to run for the presidency. Neither of the politicians made an announcement about their future political plans during the interview.

What is known is that Paul Ryan is weighing a presidential campaign of his own at this time, according to ABC News. This process is taking place as Ryan continues his book tour to promote his new book. The event at the Union League Club of Chicago is occurring while Republicans are seeking to take the United States Senate majority from the Democrats. Should the Republicans be successful in taking six seats – the number of seats required to win the Senate majority – it will change Obama’s last two years in office. Currently, the Republicans already have – and are expected to hold – the majority in the House of Representatives.