U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee, issued the following statement today about Gov. Romney's selection of Paul Ryan to be his running mate:
"The selection of Paul Ryan as his running mate was Gov. Romney's first big decision--and he delivered totally.
Paul Ryan is the man I have come to believe is the best choice for Gov. Romney and for America. He is highly intelligent, in sync with our great heritage as Americans, courageous, and a proven and responsible leader. He is ready for the challenge.
No one in this country understands the financial dangers our government faces better than Paul Ryan. Paul has given himself in open public debate to developing solutions to those dangers.
He does not need a speech writer to articulate the great American values. The remarks he made at his announcement were pure Paul Ryan. They reflect his core beliefs--beliefs for which he is ready and very able to defend.
Paul has a crystal clear mind with a positive, can-do attitude. He loves his country, and at this critical time in history, understands what is needed to put her back on track. He is a product of the American heartland, which is important.
Paul has also achieved a very difficult feat: He has passed a budget by a large vote in the House of Representatives. As ranking Republican on the Senate Budget Committee, I have watched his work with great admiration. His budget, a 10-year financial plan for America, is historic and lays the foundation for an American renaissance. As I have previously said, his plan will place America on a solid path, it will change the debt course of America, and it will take us off the road to crisis and decline and put us on the road to prosperity. It won't be easy but this is the only way.
Gov. Romney understands this country and this economy and how to get it moving again. In Paul Ryan he will have the single person in America who best understands the dangerous state of our government's finances and how to fix them. He has already put forward a budget to do so.
Gov. Romney made a great choice. Many say the vice presidential selection has little impact on the presidential election. That is normally the case. But I predict that Paul Ryan will add more to this campaign than any vice presidential nominee in recent memory."
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