Chart shows percentage of statements among the top 5 most-covered Romney VP candidates, broken down by sentiment.  Time frame is June 1-August 10.

Chart shows percentage of statements among the top 5 most-covered Romney VP candidates, broken down by sentiment. Time frame is June 1-August 10.

Leading up to Romney’s pick of Paul Ryan for GOP Vice Presidential nominee, Paul Ryan was the most effective campaign surrogate among Romney’s VP long list. In the past three months of election coverage, 57.1% of Ryan’s statements were negative to Obama (purple), and 24.2% were Positive to Romney (red). Although Rubio received the most coverage out of any VP candidates, Ryan had the greatest portion of statements that were either attacking Obama or praising Romney among the other VP candidates.