Romney introduces Paul Ryan as vice presidential running mate as he kicks off swing state bus tour

POSTED: Monday, August 13, 2012 - 7:00am

UPDATED: Monday, August 13, 2012 - 7:03am

It's Paul Ryan!! That's the official word today in the race for the White House.

Mitt Romney has tapped the controversial Congressman from Wisconsin to be his running mate.

Paul Ryan is the candidate many conservatives are clamoring for.

But he's so controversial, many Democrats claim: Ryan he'd make Romney easier to run against.

Mitt Romney, suspected by many Republicans of being too moderate, came to Norfolk to name a conservative hero as his running mate.

Paul Ryan is hard core on cutting spending and taxes.

"Politicians from both parties have made empty promises which will soon become broken promises--with painful consequences--if we fail to act now," says Ryan.

As chair of the house budget committee, Ryan proposed a tax and spending plan that would cut so deeply even some Republicans, including Romney, didn't buy it.

A plan to turn medicare into a private voucher program that analysts say would raise what we pay for healthcare, as it cuts government's cost.

And the Ryan plan would lower the tax rate on the wealthy by 10 points.

Opposite the plan of President Obama, who Ryan said today has a record of failure.

"Regrettably, President Obama has become part of the problem and Mitt Romney is the solution," says Ryan.

Romney is dealing with slipping polls as he picks a running mate, looking for ways to excite the skeptical gop conservative base.

"There are a lot of people in the other party who might disagree with Paul Ryan; I don't know of anyone who doesn't respect his character and judgment," says romney.

But Ryan on the ticket will also help team Obama paint Romney as a candidate who'd favor the rich over seniors and the middle class.

The new GOP ticket gets an immediate road test with a four day bus tour in four battleground states.

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