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Paul Ryan endorses Mitt Romney as Republican Presidential nominee

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Representative Paul Ryan speaks at the Faith & Freedom Conference and Strategy Briefing in Washington
Representative Paul Ryan speaks at the Faith & Freedom Conference and Strategy Briefing in Washington

JANESVILLE, WI (WTAQ) - Paul Ryan made it official Friday morning.

The House Budget Chairman from Janesville endorsed Mitt Romney as the Republican presidential nominee.

Romney leads both the polls and the delegate count among the 4 GOP hopefuls going into Tuesday’s Wisconsin primary. Ryan says Romney has earned the top spot on the ticket against President Obama – and he urged conservatives to, “coalesce” around the former Massachusetts governor before the primaries take a major toll on the party.

Ryan says the GOP’s effort to win back the White House will be counter-productive if the primary battle drags on – to the point where it will become much harder to beat Obama in November.

Romney talked up Ryan during his telephone town hall meeting with state voters this week. The former Massachusetts governor said he and Ryan see “eye-to-eye” on fiscal conservative issues like cutting taxes and spending.

Ryan’s been trying to downplay speculation that he wants to be Romney’s vice presidential running mate. He said he would consider it – but he’s not thinking about it because it’s not his call. And Ryan denied discussing the possibility with Romney. 

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