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Paul Ryan Pumps Iron in "Time" Mag Photo Shoot

Scott Legato/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The ogling of P90X workout fanatic-turned vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan reached a fever pitch as photos of the ultra-fit Republican hit the Internet Thursday. The full spread will appear in the newest issue of Time magazine.

Hours before the vice presidential debate, Ryan’s first appearance on the nationally televised debate stage, Time magazine released six photos of Ryan clad in gray work-out gear and a red baseball hat with headphone cords dangling down his back as he pumps 50-pound dumbbells.

[See the Time photos of Paul Ryan HERE.]

The images were taken nearly a year ago when the Wisconsin congressman was a runner-up for the Time Person of the Year issue. The House budget chairman’s intense workout routine was little known outside the congressional gym.

But 10 months later, Ryan’s fit figure, coupled with his newfound national fame as Mitt Romney’s GOP running mate, has spawned Internet memes, Twitter accounts and online admirers. Within hours after Time published the photos, two of which feature Ryan doing bicep curls, the Twitter account @PaulRyansBicep was born.

“Schedule for tonight: 8pm Workout. 9pm Debate. 11pm Workout,” one tweet reads.

“Fact check this: I can bench press more than you,” another notes.

"Hey Girl, It’s Paul Ryan” nabbed one of the Time images for its latest online meme, adding these words over the image of Ryan curling a 50-pound dumbbell, “Hey Girl, defending your wallet at the debate means TRAINING.”

Ryan, 49, has not shied away from his now famous workout routine on the campaign trail, despite the online attention. His father and grandfather died of heart disease, a genetic history he is combating by keeping his body fat below eight percent.

Even the strenuous campaign trail can’t keep him away from his workouts.

“I’m going to keep myself in shape, that’s for sure,” Ryan told Yahoo! News shortly after being selected as the vice presidential running mate.

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Rep. Paul Ryan Gets His Own 'Hey Girl' Internet Meme

Michael Bonfigli /The Christian Science Monitor via Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The Internet meme that propelled Ryan Gosling to viral Internet heartthrob status took a turn for the political this week, setting its hunky photo captioning prowess upon House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan.

Both Twitter and Tumblr lit up with photos of the Republican budget maker, overlaid with quirky economy-related tag lines, such as the "Hey Girl, It's Paul Ryan" meme was born.

"Hey Girl, go ahead and splurge on those shoes," reads one of the photos posted to the "Hey Girl, It's Paul Ryan" microblogging website Tumblr Tuesday. "I'm saving trillions by reforming entitlement programs."

Over a photo of Ryan gazing forward while resting his chin on his hand, another post reads: "Girl, there's a deficit in my heart that only you and an unbridled private sector can fill."

The 5-term congressman has made a name for himself both on and off Capitol Hill of late by proposing sweeping changes to the country's budget, which include deep spending cuts to bring down the federal deficit.

His budget plan passed through the House this year with virtually no Democratic support and was declared dead-on-arrival in the Democrat-controlled Senate.

Ryan is supposedly on the short list of vice presidential picks for presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney. The two campaigned together last month in Ryan's home state of Wisconsin.

While Ryan is perhaps the highest-profile politician to be made into a "Hey Girl" meme, the online sensation first went viral last year when photos of actor Ryan Gosling were paired with charming phrases such as "Hey Girl, sometimes I get so sad when we can't watch 'Golden Girls' together."

A similarly simple photo-stream meme made its first salvo into the political realm when two photos of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, clad in sunglasses and texting on her BlackBerry aboard a C-17 military plane, were used to create "Texts from Hillary."

The site paired the photos of Clinton with images of other celebrities (from Oprah to Romney) holding their cellphones along with their imagined text messages.

The Tumblr site soon went viral, and even got a shout-out from Clinton, who met with the site's creators and posted an imagined text of her own.

Newark, N.J., Mayor Cory Booker earned himself a spot in Internet memedom as well, after he ran into a burning house to save his neighbor in April.

Days later the site "Super Corey Booker" was born, showcasing photos of a fierce-looking Booker saying, "Time to run into burning buildings and chew bubble gum… and I'm all outta gum!"

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