Paul Ryan's New Codename: "Bowhunter"

Your News Companion by Ben Mathis-Lilley
Sept. 4 2012 10:42 AM

Secret Service Codename Showdown: Renegade-Celtic vs. Javelin-Bowhunter

Paul Ryan looks on as Mitt Romney speaks during a campaign rally on Sept. 1 in Jacksonville, Fla.

Photograph by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images.

Thanks to GQ's Marc Ambinder, we now know the Secret Service codenames for all four men on the major party tickets. The newest addition: Paul Ryan's "Bowhunter."

The magazine explains that the GOP vice presidential nominee appears to have picked the outdoorsy moniker because he's something of an aficionado of hunting deer and other animals:

Ryan is also the cover model for next month's Deer and Deer Hunting magazine. He told the publication's editor: "Studying the strategy, preparing food plots, the strategy of where a dominant buck is living or will be moving and then being in position to get a shot, that's really exciting."

Combine Ryan's new code name with the three we already knew—Obama's "Renegade," Biden's "Celtic" and Romney's "Javelin"—and this 2012 showdown sounds kind of like an old-school pro wrestling tag-team match. (Tuesday, Tuesday, Tuesday! It's Renegade and Celtic vs. Javelin and the Bowhunter!)

As the Hill points out, there is "no longer any security relevance" to the Secret Service codenames.

Josh Voorhees is a Slate senior writer. He lives in Iowa City. 



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