On Saturday morning, Mitt Romney announced that he had chosen Wisconsin representative Paul Ryan to be his running mate in the 2012 presidential election. Ryan, who has been in office since 1999 and is the chairman of the House Budget Committee, beat out other contendors for the nod, including Tim Pawlenty, Marco Rubio, and Rob Portman. Romney introduced Ryan as "the next President of the United States" by mistake before correcting his error.
Quick to capitalize on the news buzz surrounding the new appointment, Romney and Ryan will be making their first televised joint interview together on tonight's episode of 60 Minutes. They'll be talking with CBS's Face the Nation host Bob Schieffer today, with the interview to be televised a few hours later at 7/6c on CBS.
The interview was relatively unscheduled, with the network tweeting plans for the interview Sunday morning. Schieffer was quickly flown out to High Point, North Carolina, where the interview will take place. Despite the rushed nature of the scheduling, CBS News chairman Jeff Fager noted that the network "had been talking to the campaign for months about being the first broadcast to interview Governor Romney’s running mate."
Political enthusiasts will almost certainly be disappointed with one aspect of the interview: its length. Schieffer will interview the duo for about half an hour, which will then be cut down to about fifteen minutes for air.
Regardless of what you think of Romney and his new running mate, it will be interesting to see what the duo choose to make of their first official joint appearance on a news program. It certainly won't be their only appearance together; it's almost a certainty that they'll appear on conservative news network Fox News in the weeks ahead.
The 2012 presidential election will take place on November 6.