Republican Vice Presidential candidate, U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) speaks during the Victory Rally in Florida at Town Square, Lake Sumter Landing on August 18, 2012 in The Villages, Florida. Ryan spoke about his family's reliance on Medicare. (Photo by Gerardo Mora/Getty Images)

CNN’s Pete Hamby recently tweeted about an intriguing Paul Ryan statement in 2005 to Milwaukee Magazine.

Allegedly, Ryan said, “I have a sister-in-law who’s African-American. My college sweetheart was black.”. The Root’s Keli Goff looks at the effect that this may or may not have on black voters. She raises the question of whether or not it is “best to look at [Ryan’s] policies — such as [his] record on civil rights —  rather than personal relationships”, and will this happen during the next elections?

Shortly after it was announced that Rep. Paul Ryan would join the Romney ticket as this year’s Republican vice presidential candidate, I wrote a piece titled,  “What We Know About Paul Ryan and Blacks.”

Well, I recently learned of another significant addition to this list.

As reported on Twitter by CNN’s Pete Hamby, Ryan said he has a black sister-in-law, but perhaps even more interesting, his “college sweetheart” was African American.

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