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Paul Ryan of Wisconsin was declared by US presidential candidate Mitt Romney as his running mate.Currently Paul Ryan’s  selection has been tainted by the remarks he make to CNN journalist Pete Hamby that he had an African-American girlfriend.

Hamby  tweeted a statement  by Paul Ryan, 42, during an interview with Milwaukee magazine in which he explained that his college sweetheart was African-American.

“Paul Ryan to Milwaukee Magazine in 2005: “I have a sister-in-law who’s African American. My college sweetheart was black”,” Hamby tweeted on Aug 13.

With the remark going viral ,many republicans wonder whether Paul Ryan’s having a black girlfriends have a bearing on his performance.

But Romney  has praised  Ryan as “an intellectual leader of the Republican Party” who also has “shown the ability to work with members of both parties to find common ground” on tough issues.

“I don’t know of anyone who doesn’t respect his character and judgment,” he said in front of USS Wisconsin, a World War II battleship that now is a museum and carries the name of Rep. Ryan’s home state.