Meet Janna Ryan: The smart, down-to-earth wife of Paul Ryan

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Janna Ryan greets supporters in Ashland, Va., over the weekend. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

By Liz Goodwin, Yahoo! News | The Ticket

At her husband’s side this weekend, Janna Ryan was a beaming blond presence, helping the Wisconsin congressman introduce himself to the country as a down-home, budget-slashing vice presidential candidate. Ryan waved at supporters and gamely posed for photo after photo with her husband and the Romney family.

But, so far, the 43-year-old mother of three hasn’t seemed as enthusiastic about speaking to the public.

On Sunday, during an event in Mooresville, N.C., Janna Ryan joined her husband along with Mitt and Ann Romney onstage—as each of them, one after the other, delivered rousing stump speeches.

Ann Romney marveled at the huge crowds that had turned out for the event. “We’re going to take the White House back,” she told the fired-up audience.

When his wife concluded, Mitt Romney tried to pass the mic to Ryan’s wife, but she shook her head and waved it away, not quite ready to take the spotlight.

[Slideshow: Meet Janna Ryan]

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