Mitt Romney to tap Paul Ryan as running mate
Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, a federal budget expert and fiscal conservative, will be Mitt Romney’s running mate, a Romney campaign adviser told The Washington Times late Friday night.
Mr. Romney will make the announcement aboard the U.S.S. Wisconsin at 8:45 a.m. Saturday in Norfolk, Va., said the campaign adviser andRomney family friend who asked not be be identified.
Mr. Ryan is slated for formal nomination by delegates to the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., at the end of this month.
Mr. Ryan, 42, is the House Budget Committee chairman and a favorite among many in his party, especially economic conservatives because he has made budgetary reform and spending restraint the hallmark of his political career in Washington.
He proposed a budget plan that won wide acclaim among conservatives.
Not noted for riveting speeches, he will not compete for attention with Mr. Romney but would lend credibility to Mr. Romney’s promises of fiscal restraint in the presidency.
The Ryan pick is expected to assuage fears among his party’s conservative wing that he would repeat the expansion of government and the excessive spending of the last two Republican presidents.
A pro-life Catholic, Mr. Ryan as much as any Republican in office is trusted on fiscal as well as social matters.
“I can tell from our survey of our members that Ryan, along with [Florida Sen. Marco] Rubio, was one of the top picks for vice president,” said Ralph King, state coordinator of the Ohio Tea Party Patriots, which has more than 100 tea party chapters statewide.
“I guess grass roots will be more energized than if they had pick [Ohio Sen. Rob] Portman or some of the others they talked about,” Mr. King said.