Rep. Paul Ryan, the GOP vice presidential nominee, became a speech writer for the conservative Republican politician Jack Kemp after graduating from college in 1992. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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Sept. 27, 1994: Then-House Minority Whip Newt Gingrich and other Republicans unveil their "Contract with America" at a Capitol Hill rally. John Duricka/AP hide caption

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