Mitt Romney picks Rep. Paul Ryan as running mate

Sunday, August 12, 2012
Republican U.S. president candidate Mitt Romney (right)
and his choice for VP, Paul Ryan (left) at a function
[File Photo]
Washington: Republican U.S. presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Saturday announced Paul Ryan as his choice to be vice president. 

Romney said Saturday Congressman Paul Ryan will be his running mate, if he wins the November election.
Ryan is a long-time representative from the northern state of Wisconsin.  

Romney’s decision could spark enthusiasm for the Republican ticket among conservatives.

Romney and Ryan are to appear together Saturday 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.
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