JANESVILLE, Wis. (Official Wire) — There are plenty of reasons for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney to choose Rep. Paul Ryan as a running mate.

The whip-smart Wisconsin congressman is from a battleground state. He’s the GOP’s leading voice on the nation’s budget and is the rare member of the Republican establishment who’s loved by the tea party.

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“If that bridge ever came, I would consider crossing it,” Ryan told The Associated Press in an interview this month. He added: “I really don’t have tremendous political ambition. I have policy ambition.”

Yes, that’s the typical humble-speak of someone who’s a potential vice presidential candidate. But it’s also true that Ryan has let political opportunities pass before, choosing to focus on taming what he calls a “big, dysfunctional government” beset by unsustainable spending.

Read more at Official Wire. By Brian Bakst.

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