(CNN) - Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney called his running mate to congratulate him following Thursday's vice presidential debate, a campaign spokesman said.
Romney campaign traveling press secretary Rick Gorka told reporters that Romney called Rep. Paul Ryan approximately 10 minutes after the debate concluded to offer his congratulations.
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The Republican presidential candidate also told his running mate to say hello to Ryan's wife, Janna, and family, who joined Ryan at the debate. They should be proud of Ryan's debate performance, Romney said on the call, according to Gorka.
While the candidates debated in Kentucky, Romney was campaigning in Asheville, North Carolina
He watched the hotel from his suite there, and was joined by Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio, the winner of a campaign fundraising contest (with the prize to join Romney for an event such as this), as well as several staffers.
Reporters were permitted into the candidate's room for approximately three minutes while the candidates handled a foreign policy question.
"I think Paul will do great," Romney told the reporters.
President Barack Obama approached reporters upon landing near Washington on Thursday evening to say that he "could not be prouder" of his own running mate, Vice President Joe Biden.