Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has picked Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan to be his running mate, according to an AP source.
Ryan, 42, is a seven-term Wisconsin congressman and currently chairs the House Budget Committee. Ryan’s House-backed budget plan to curb spending and overhaul Medicaid and Medicare has been praised by conservatives and made him a frontrunner for the No. 2 spot on Romney’s ticket.
On Thursday (Aug. 9), Romney said in an NBC interview that he was looking for someone with “a strength of character” and “a vision for the country that adds something to the political discourse about the direction of the country.”
Romney’s campaign will officially introduce his running mate Aug. 11 at 9 a.m. EDT, at the USS Wisconsin in Norfolk, Va.