Paul Ryan Endorses Mitt Romney

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March 30 2012 4:34 PM

Paul Ryan Endorses Mitt Romney, Says He’s Best Bet To Beat Obama

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(Paul Ryan has joined a growing number members of the Republican establishment in getting behind GOP candidate Mitt Romney. House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) joins other members of the House GOP leadership for a brief news media availability after a Republican Conference meeting at the U.S. Capitol March 27, 2012 in Washington, DC.)

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Now that Congressman Paul Ryan’s budget has passed the House, the Republican is on to bigger and better things, like endorsing Mitt Romney on Fox & Friends.

The House Budget Committee chair, whose state of Wisconsin will vote in a primary on Tuesday, told Fox hosts that he had two criteria for the candidate who gets his vote: whether the candidate is the best for the job and whether he can beat President Obama in the election.

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“In my opinion, Mitt Romney is clearly that person,” Ryan said. He also seemed to agree with what some on the right fear: An ongoing battle for the nomination only weakens the candidate who will eventually face the president.

With George H.W. Bush’s endorsement earlier in the week, a pattern of Republican establishment members getting behind the former Massachusetts governor may be emerging. Tuesday’s Wisconsin primary will be another indicator from voters—if they pay attention. Many in the state are reportedly more concerned with the effort to recall union-busting Governor Scott Walker.

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Ben Johnson is the producer of Marketplace Tech from American Public Media.