Washington (CNN) - Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin endorsed Mitt Romney on Friday, ahead of his state's Tuesday primary.
The chairman of the House Budget Committee said Romney is the best person to serve as president and the candidate most likely to beat President Barack Obama in the general election.
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"I am convinced that Mitt Romney has the skills, the tenacity, the principles, the courage and the integrity to do what it takes to get America back on track," Ryan said on Fox News. "I believe he is the right person for the job."
He also called on conservatives to "coalesce" around the former Massachusetts governor.
"I think we're entering a phase where it could become counterproductive if this drags on much longer," Ryan said.
The announcement came four days before his state's GOP primary and one day after the budget he helped craft passed in the House.
A GOP source said the timing of the news is critical given Ryan recently wrapped up his stint as chair of the Republican National Committee presidential trust, which made it difficult for him to pick a horse in the 2012 election.
The Democratic National Committee sought to capitalize on the news with a memo and web video released Friday, titled "That's Amore" that tied the Republican frontrunner to the Ryan budget.
"The Romney-Ryan budget ends Medicare as we know it and helps big insurance companies while putting the guaranteed coverage seniors have earned and paid for at risk-in order to give a tax cut to the wealthiest few," DNC Communications Director Brad Woodhouse said in the memo.
"Romney owns these proposals," Woodhouse continued.
Romney has voiced consistent support for Ryan's proposals, which include plans to transform Medicare into a system in which the government subsidizes purchases of health insurance within the private market instead of paying medical bills directly.
The proposal would offer future seniors a choice of staying in the traditional plan or opting instead of a private plan, all of which would be available via a new Medicare exchange.
Republicans argue the reforms are necessary to curb costs and address the budget deficit, while Democrats say the changes will negatively impact vital national programs.
News of the endorsement was first reported by the political blog, BuzzFeed.
- CNN's Dana Bash, Jim Acosta, Paul Steinhauser and Shannon Travis contributed to this report.
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Who care who Paul Ryan endorse. He going to have trouble getting reelected Him self.
Notice the perpetual inferiority complex of GOPers? The GOP always likes to us terms like "rising star" for some of their most fatally flawed members. You just don't see the Democrats doing that with their up and comers. The fact is, the Democrats can always use achievement as a measure, while the GOP has to use lies, fabrication, and misinformation as their measure.
"The GOP always likes to us terms like "rising star" for some of their most fatally flawed members. You just don't see the Democrats doing that with their up and comers."
I'm curious, Donkey Party. Who do the democrats consider to be an "up and comer" in their ranks? Not trying to be confrontational with that question, I'd just really like to know.
Well said Donkey Party!!!
Paul Ryan is running hard for the VP slot – he knows he won't be re-elected from this home comgressional district and he'd like to leave with a 'bang'.........
I agree. Romney has the right tools for the job – leadership and management skills.
Ok – the unrealistic endorsing the unrealistic. Romney has no skills and no experience on handling what this country faces. The country's economy cannot be solved by Bain tactics and it cannot be solved like the Olympics who received mega bucks from the taxpayers to bail it out and it cannot be solved like the problems of one state. Only one person has the experience and that is President Obama. My 401k tells me that the current president has done a fine job on the economy thus far in stabilizing and growing it in his term. Remember where your investments were when Bush left office? Where are they now? That should tell you all you need to know as the markets respond to current economic conditions.
Romney/Ryan/Rubio:"The Best Ticket Money Can Buy!"
"Who do the democrats consider to be an "up and comer" in their ranks?"
By the time the Ryan budget is publicly dissected, Romney will be wishing that Ryan had endorsed Obama instead!
"The Best Ticket Money Can Buy!" is sooo correct. Just ask Reversable Mittens.
I am not sure who the best candidate for President might be. I do think that the last 3 years have even further divided the country. Had hope when President Obama was first took office, but that faded. Whoever the next President might be it will be important to work across party lines and to learn the art of compromise. Many previous legislators, both Democrat and Republcian, were masters at it. Now, so many just want to stand their ground. Most citizens are somewhere in the middle, not far right and not far left. The country needs to have leadership that will move it forward and at the same time get debt under control.
Yeah, I hear the healthcare plan for Mass. that Gov. Romney put in place is really good. Hopefully we'll be able to get that if he becomes president...
The DNC calls it the Romney-Ryan budget. That's funny because Romney hasn't held office in over 7 years; I guess they finally figured out they can't blame Bush anymore and now have to blame Romney for 16 trillion in debt.
Ryan's plan to end Medicare will be a millstone around Romney's neck.
I think Mitt Romney should pick Condolezza Rice as his VP pick. She would be great!
Most of the 16 trillion debt occurred under a Republican Presidency.
This is a big endorsement? The guy who can't do math.
"Yeah, I hear the healthcare plan for Mass. that Gov. Romney put in place is really good. Hopefully we'll be able to get that if he becomes president..."
Trust me. It sucks.
President Obama will be reelected for many reasons. Foremost is that Romney has no clue.
If Romney was president we would be in two more wars and would be in a great depression simply because he supports the very same foreign and domestic policies that have led to our downfall! But then again, you people don't care about this country because you still consider GWB a great president!
Ryan is out to hurt poor and middle class he also need to be voted out of the office.
Georgia Republicans just pass a bill to cut unemployment and to damage women rights on abortion.
Wake up the republican party is out to destroy america.
The behavior of red confederate southern states shouldn't surprise anyone because these people fought a civil war to undermine our democracy and maintain their oppressive and unjust system of slavery! Yes, they're extremely radical and very un-American!
Ryan is just so BRAVE... he waits until Romney doesn't have a chance of losing the nomination before he endorses.