Janna Ryan coming into the spotlight
Paul Ryan is used to being in the limelight as the Republican's leading economic voice in Washington. While Ryan's wife, Janna, comes from a political family, she is now living in a spotlight brighter than she's ever known. Josh Robin has more.
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TAMPA, Fla. -- In Tampa, Janna Ryan is introducing herself to the nation, while giving a shout out to her fellow Wisconsinites.
Apart from football, Janna Ryan knows politics. The mom of three, a tax attorney and former lobbyist, comes from a wealthy Oklahoma family with ties to the Democratic Party. She's now reportedly described as a quote practical conservative. At least if her brief speech Wednesday is any guide, her public comments won't be heavy on policy.
Ryan said, "I just want to say thank you to the Romneys, for welcoming me, my husband, Paul, our three children, on this journey. Our families, our children, our future, that's what this race is all about."
She was at a breakfast honoring Ann Romney, who is playing a large role in her husband's presidential bid.
"It is a privilege to join you and Mitt in this campaign. It is a tremendous honor," Ryan said.
But even Ann Romney says Janna Ryan may not like it all.
"I feel a little sorry for her. I feel a little responsible for her. Because it's just like she's been thrown into this firestorm. I've been kinda building up to it for a while," Ann Romney said.
Anita McBride was chief of staff to Laura Bush.
"You just try to take it in one little step at a time and you have an effective sort of team around you that helps you filter some of the demands that come your way and recognize that they have to help you manage private time as well as the responsibilities that you now have in the public eye," McBride said.
A public eye Janna Ryan knows, at least in Wisconsin.
"I admire her a lot. She's been very supportive of her husband, being in Congress and being gone all week long and having three little children at home," said Mary Buestrin, Republican National Committeewoman.
Those kids are skipping their first few days of school as their dad talks to the country. Next year, her children might be in new schools altogether if the family moves into the Vice President's residence.