It was one final gut check.
That afternoon, Romney called Ryan from Myers' office. "I called Paul and said that, 'I'd like to meet you on Sunday,'" Romney told CBS News.
Yes, came the reply.
So Ryan — asked to dress casually — arrived at O'Hare airport in Chicago in jeans, a baseball cap and a pair of sunglasses. No one recognized him. He flew to Hartford, Conn., where Beth Myers' 19-year-old son, Curt Myers, picked him up in a rented SUV and drove him to the Myers family home in Brookline, Mass. Meanwhile, a Secret Service detail drove Romney from his lake house in New Hampshire, and the two men met alone for over an hour in her dining room.
"We talked about the campaign and how it would be run and talked about how we'd work together if we got the White House; what the relationship would be, how we'd interact, and be involved in important decisions," Romney said of the meeting as his campaign plane flew from Virginia to North Carolina late Saturday.
Romney and his team had been looking for someone who could play a partnership role in the White House.
Aides involved in the selection had read Robert Caro's biography of Lyndon Johnson as a cautionary tale — as John F. Kennedy's vice president, Johnson was often cut out of major policy decisions.
"If we become president and vice president we'll work together, looking at issues together. Important decisions will be made with his consultations," Romney told CBS News on Sunday.
When they walked out of the dining room, Ryan had agreed to be on the ticket.
"By the time we met in person I kinda knew it was gonna happen," Ryan said late Saturday. "And, ah, I was very humbled. It was the biggest honor I've ever been given in my life."
While Ryan was still at Myers' home, news broke of the shooting that killed 6 at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin.
Ryan issued a statement that day saying he was "deeply saddened" by the tragedy.
Romney advisers had hoped to announce Ryan's selection Friday in New Hampshire, but the funeral for the temple shooting victims was scheduled for that morning.
Plans were scrapped. A new location was selected. The announcement would come Saturday morning at the USS Wisconsin, the battleship named for Ryan's home state.
Ryan attended the service for the shooting victims Friday in Wisconsin, as did Tagg Romney, the eldest son of the GOP candidate. Ryan, a generation younger than Mitt Romney, is 42 — the same age as Tagg.
Then the ruse began.
Ryan's family — his wife, Janna, and three children — left the funeral and were taken to the airport separately. Ryan, with a staffer, drove to his house. He walked in the front door and then out the back, crossing his backyard and walking through the woods that separate the house where he now lives from the home where he grew up.
"I know those woods like the back of my hand, so it wasn't too hard to walk through 'em," Ryan said, adding that he passed by a tree fort he had built as a kid.
His chief of staff had driven around the block and picked him up in the other house's driveway.
Ryan and his family flew from Waukegan, Ill., to Elizabeth City, N.C., where Myers' son again picked him up and drove him, this time to a Fairfield Inn. Ryan made some last-minute preparations to his speech, and met with Myers, strategist Ed Gillespie and aide Dan Senor. The campaign announced in a press release that the announcement would come Saturday morning. Myers turned off her cell phone. The Ryan family went to sleep.
The next morning, Ryan was officially on the GOP ticket.
Peoples reported from Washington.
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