Romney’s New Challenge: Competing With Ryan

Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan wrapped up a whirlwind three-state introduction tour for “America’s Comeback Team,” but with the candidates splitting off until Tampa later this month, Romney faces a new challenges: Competing for attention with his rock star running mate.

The last few days have been some of the Romney campaign’s best, with both the crowds and Romney himself apparently electrified by a rare, daring move.

In Virginia, Romney grew hoarse as he shouted into the microphone to be heard over the cheers of thousands. In North Carolina, he joined in as an overflow crowd chanted “Paul, Paul, Paul.” In Wisconsin, at a touching homecoming for his running mate, Romney teared-up watching Ryan react to the overwhelming crowd response.

“I think they enjoy each other,” said Romney adviser Stuart Stevens. “They feed off each other.”

Asked to explain their relationship, Stevens dismissed the notion that it is father-son (Ryan is two years older than Romney’s eldest son Tagg), saying they are more like colleagues. “I think he’s happy to have someone else around. He’s tired of us.”

Romney now faces the challenges of maintaining Ryan’s momentum in his absence. In 2008, Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin drew crowds and attention that Senator John McCain couldn’t, a dynamic that contributed to an ultimate internal meltdown. When Romney introduced Ryan in Norfolk as the “next president of the United States,” he said what some conservatives hoped. He now has to remind his party and the country that he remains the larger figure.

This is, to be sure, a high-class problem, and a dynamic the campaign deliberately created. The pick built on a sense of suspense that the Romney campaign had been building up for weeks with emails, texts, and an iPhone app. The surprise late-Friday night reveal only heightened the drama. And the dynamic, young, good looking, and well spoken congressman fit the bill perfectly.

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