US Elections 2012: Paul Ryan puts weight behind Mitt Romney ahead of Wisconsin primary

US Elections 2012: Paul Ryan puts weight behind Mitt Romney ahead of Wisconsin primary

Milwaukee : WI : USA | Mar 30, 2012 at 10:08 AM PDT
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Paul Ryan joins the list of top Republican representatives who endorsed Mitt Romany for president. The Wisconsin Republican Representative threw his weight behind the former Massachusetts governor Friday morning on "Fox & Friends."

“I have two criteria I’m using to make my decision to vote in our primary on Tuesday,” Ryan said. "I am convinced that Mitt Romney has the skills, the tenacity, the principles and the courage to put America back on track. He has the best chance of putting a state like mine in play in the fall.”

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan went on to say that he thought Mitt Romney had the best chance to defeat President Barack Obama in the US elections 2012. “Who is the best person to be president? Who will make the best president? And who has the best chance of defeating Barack Obama? In my opinion, Mitt Romney is clearly that person,” he said on “Fox & Friends” Friday morning.

Paul Ryan is the latest in the string of high-profile endorsements Mitt Romney has received this week, including that of Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, and former President George H.W. Bush. The endorsement comes three days ahead of the Wisconsin primary Tuesday, where Romney is favored to win.

A new poll shows Mitt Romney leading by 7 points over his closest competitor, Rick Santorum in the primary. According to reports, it is a clear sign that the GOP establishment is coalescing around Romney as the eventual nominee.

Paul Ryan said the primary thus far has been “productive,” but that it’s now time to accept Romney as the likely GOP nominee.

“I think this primary has been productive. I think it’s been constructive up ‘til now. I think it’s made the candidates better. But I think we’re entering a phase where it could become counterproductive if this drags on much longer,” Ryan said. “And so that’s why I think we need to coalesce as conservatives around Mitt Romney and focus on the big task at hand which is defeating Barack Obama in the fall.”

Moreover, Paul Ryan acknowledged Rick Santorum as an able presidential candidate but added that if he loses Wisconsin’s primary next Tuesday it’s time for him to step back. “If Rick loses Wisconsin, I think that’s probably a pretty big signal that we’re rallying around our eventual nominee and we want to get on with the whole thing,” he said.

“At the end of the day, whether a candidate has a gaffe on Tuesday or Thursday is not going to decide the campaign,” Ryan added. “Voters are looking for someone who will show them a contrasting vision to the one that Obama has given us.”

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Michelle Lincaster is based in Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America, and is a Reporter on Allvoices.
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