Rep. Paul Ryan, Mitt Romney’s running mate, has strong Oklahoma ties

Rep. Paul Ryan married into an Oklahoma family whose roots precede statehood, and he tries to catch catfish with his bare hands on some of his visits to the southern part of the state

BY CHRIS CASTEEL Modified: August 11, 2012 at 11:47 pm •  Published: August 12, 2012

WASHINGTON — Rep. Paul Ryan may be best known here as a budget wonk, but he has a hobby probably few know about — catching catfish in Oklahoma with his bare hands. And his dogs are named Boomer and Sooner.

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