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Ryan's record is complicated

Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., is a more complicated politician than many Republicans want to admit, the Washington Post noted. Tea party backers praise Ryan as an uncompromising conservative, yet Ryan voted to expand Medicare prescription-drug coverage and to bail out the financial sector and automakers – policies that the tea party detests. Meanwhile, Mitt Romney described his running mate as a dealmaker who can find common ground. Yet only two bills Ryan wrote during his 13 years in Congress have become law. Still, Ryan has managed a remarkable feat, the Post reported: "creating a political persona in which nearly all facets of the GOP can find something to like."