Republican presidential hopefulis set to announce his vice president choice Saturday at 9 a.m. EDT at the Nauticus Museum in Norfolk, Va., putting an end to several weeks of rumors regarding his running mate.
According to some sources close to the Romney camp, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan will fill the slot No. 2 of the GOP. Other shortlisted candidates reportedly include, and Rob Portman.
Following the announcement of his running mate, Romney will launch his "The Romney Plan for a Stronger Middle Class" bus tour, an official press release from the Romney camp stated.
The VP selection comes around two weeks prior to the kickoff of the GOP National Convention in Tampa, and offers Romney ample room to convene the party behind his choice before the formal nomination. But, it also comes at a time when some polls are pointing to the GOP presidential candidate losing some ground to President Obama.
Sources suggest that conservative leaders have been advising Romney to pick Ryan in great part because of his formulation of a House-supported budget proposal that is aimed at curbing general entitlement expenditures and alters Medicaid into a voucher-like scheme to save money.
According to USA Today, Romney said on Thursday that “he was looking for someone with strength of character" and "a vision for the country that adds something to the political discourse about the direction of the country."
Tim Pawlenty has also been talked about as a possibility lately. Reports suggest that Pawlenty was upholding his Saturday agenda campaigning for Romney. Some analysts say that Romney could surprise everyone with an outside-the-box choice.
According to CBS News, The Wall Street Journal, in an editorial on Thursday, commended Ryan as a perfect pick for Romney.
"The case for Mr. Ryan is that he best exemplifies the nature and stakes of this election. More than any other politician, the House budget chairman has defined those stakes well as a generational choice about the role of government and whether America will once again become a growth economy or sink into interest-group dominated decline,” The Wall Street Journal said.