“We were with the Romneys when we knew it was over,” Ryan said in a telephone interview Monday with the Journal Sentinel.

And what was the mood like in the hotel suite?

“Pretty sad,” Ryan said. “And our comments more or less revolved around our concern for the country.”

It was an unusual election day for Ryan, his first loss. He said losing was “a foreign experience. It’s tough to describe it.” …

“I know some people have come away with different conclusions on these experiences,” he said. “This is a very net positive experience for us.”