(CNN) - Former Vice President Dick Cheney heaped praise on House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan, the architect of the GOP Medicare plan.
"I worship the ground that Paul Ryan walks on," Cheney said, according to the Houston Chronicle.
"I hope he doesn't run for president because that would ruin a good man who has a lot of work to do."
Cheney and his wife, Lynne, spoke at the KPMG Global Energy Institute event in Houston Wednesday.
Ryan's plan, which passed in the House and failed in the Senate, has taken center stage among members of both political parties and 2012 presidential candidates as the debate over the budget crisis continues.