Norfolk, Virginia — Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has selected Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan to be his running mate.
The candidate made his announcement to supporters via a phone app, saying “Mitt’s Choice for VP is Paul Ryan.” The GOP ticket appeared together for the first time just after 9 a.m. in Norfolk, Virginia.
Romney and Ryan will then kick off a four-day bus tour that will take them to as many states, including North Carolina.
At 42, Ryan is a generation younger than the 65-year-old Romney. He is best known as the chairman of the House Budget Committee and author of a dramatic plan to overhaul Medicare, the government-run health insurance program for senior citizens.
In an interview on Thursday, Romney said 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.”
“Today’s a good day for America, and there are better days ahead,” Romney said, according to ABC. “Join me in welcoming the next president of the United States, Paul Ryan.”
Romney quickly returned to the podium with Ryan, telling the crowd:
“Every now and then I’m known to make a mistake,” Romney said. “I did not make a mistake with this guy. But I can tell you this. He’s going to be the next vice president of the United States.”