Republicans on Saturday rallied around Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan as Mitt Romney’s pick for vice president, saying the House budget guru brings strong conservative credentials to the GOP ticket and reinforces the campaign’s message that big government is ruining America.
“Romney-Ryan will get our fiscal house in order and get Americans working again,” New Hampshire GOP Sen. Kelly Ayotte said.
Ayotte, who had been mentioned as a 2012 potential vice presidential candidate, made the comments on her Twitter account, adding that Ryan was a “fantastic choice.”
Republican strategist John Brabender told FoxNews.com that choosing Ryan “shows Romney is making a concerted effort to get the economy back on solid fiscal ground.”
Brabender, a long-time strategist for Rick Santorum, also said the Ryan choice will go beyond pleasing the Republican Party’s conservative wing to where the entire party will “overwhelmingly embrace” Romney’s choice.
“The choice says what we believe in is what we will be campaigning on,” Brabender said.
Republicans also hailed the pick because Ryan, chairman of the House Budget Committee, Republicans is a known quantity – a pragmatist, devout Catholic and strong fiscal conservative.
The married father of three children is known for his steadiness and discipline.
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