What is your favorite meal?
Ryan: Pasta — raviolis with my Grandmother Rizzi’s sauce.
How many autographs do you sign?
Ryan: Oh, I don’t know, a few hundred when you go to the schools and talk to the kids. One wants one and then they all do.
What is your favorite political movie?
Ryan: “Bullworth.” It’s hysterical, and it educates about the system in a funny way.
What did you want to be when you were little?
Ryan: An NFL quarterback.
If you had to be stranded on a desert island with someone, who would it be?
Ryan: Well, obviously you’d like to be on the island with a woman. There is no good answer to that. Can I come back to that?
[A little while later …]
If I had to go male it would be [Rep.] Kendrick Meek [D-Fla.] because I would just love to be with him. If it were a female it would have to be [Rep.] Mary Bono [R-Calif.].
Ryan: [Laughter, then a pause] No.
What is your biggest political mistake?
Ryan: I don’t think of things in terms of mistakes because you look back on them and they end up helping you. A lot of the campaign-finance stuff I made some mistakes on.
Are you morally opposed to premarital sex?
Ryan: I am not. Everyone can do what they want as long as it’s, you know, safe. [After coming back to the question] My Christian faith teaches you not to judge.