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Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Updated: October 26, 1:35 PM ET
Paul Ryan (s) take on the issues


Paul Ryan, vice presidential candidate (left), and Paul Ryan, Mongoose pro (right).

When the Mitt Romney campaign announced in August that U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) was selected as his vice presidential running mate, my first thought was, "the Mongoose guy?" (Paul Ryan, another person with the same name, is based in Liverpool, England, and is a BMX rider sponsored by Mongoose, Nike BMX and The Shadow Conspiracy.)

Paul Ryan the U.S. representative was the vice presidential nominee at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., in late August. Meanwhile, Paul Ryan, the sponsored BMX pro from Liverpool, England, appeared in a web video with the Mongoose Bicycles team that traveled throughout France.

Now, as we approach the presidential elections in the United States, talk of "Paul Ryan shirtless" and his 98-page budget plan has dominated the airwaves. But back in BMX land, Paul Ryan missed a feeble grind and is laid up with a bruised tailbone and bruised ribs. To clarify the differences between the two Paul Ryans, we've collected an assortment of different views between the vice presidential candidate and the BMX pro.

Paul Ryan the BMX pro's most recent ad for Mongoose.