Romney Taps Ryan As Vice Presidential Running Mate
August 11, 2012
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has tapped Rep. Paul Ryan to be his running mate for vice president.
Ryan is a long-time representative from the northern state of Wisconsin.
Romney and Ryan appeared together this morning in Norfolk, Virginia, to kick off a four-day bus tour.
The 42-year-old Ryan has the backing of many influential conservatives. He is chairman of the House Budget Committee, and has been a vocal leader in cutting the deficit by slashing the U.S. budget.
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) had been considered a potential running mate. Shortly after Saturday’s announcement, Rubio issued a statement in support of the Romney-Ryan ticket.
“Throughout his life, Mitt Romney has made great decisions, and choosing Paul Ryan as his running mate is a truly inspired choice. I got to know Paul during my Senate campaign when he endorsed me early on when I was still considered a long shot. Paul Ryan is a courageous reformer who understands our nation’s challenges, has proposed bold policy solutions to solve them, and has shown the courage to stand up to President Obama and other Washington politicians trying to tear him down,” Rubio said.
“The Romney-Ryan ticket is going to win in November because it offers the American people visionary leadership to recapture the free enterprise spirit that has empowered countless Americans to build businesses from scratch and live the American dream. I’m excited about the visionary change a Romney-Ryan team will bring to Washington, and I look forward to campaigning with them this fall.”
Ryan is in his seventh term in Congress representing Wisconsin’s First Congressional District. He also serves on the House Ways and Means Committee, where he has focused on simplifying the tax code and making health care more affordable and accessible.
In January 2010, Ryan gained attention nationwide after unveiling his “Roadmap for America’s Future,” a proposal to eliminate the federal deficit, reform the tax code, and preserve entitlements for future generations.