CINCINNATI (AP) — Ohio Sen. Rob Portman calls Rep. Paul Ryan "a great choice" for the Republican running mate spot Portman was believed to be a top contender for.
Portman says the Wisconsin congressman is among his best friends and a leading voice on pressing issues. Romney was introducing Ryan as his vice presidential choice Saturday.
Portman says in a statement that as Romney campaign chairman in Ohio, he will work hard to make sure the ticket carries the pivotal state.
Ohio tea party leaders and the Hamilton County Republican Party leader also are praising the choice. While Portman was the home-state favorite, Ohio activists say Ryan will bring energy and focus on the nation's fiscal issues.
Ohio still has a tie to the national ticket -- Ryan is a Miami University alumnus.
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The government of Ohio is composed of the executive branch, led by the Governor; the legislative branch, which comprises the Ohio General Assembly; and the judicial branch, which is led by the Supreme Court.