Skooter reporting 08/11/12
, the Republican presidential candidate has chosen Wisconsin congressman , 42, to be his running mate, according to a Republican who does not want to be identified because he was not authorized to disclose the decision.
Ryan would be introduced by Romney during a rally Saturday morning in Norfolk, Va. The decision to pick the Wisconsin congressman could help take the edge off the conservative base of the party that has been unwilling to fully embrace Romney.
Recently, conservative experts have been calling on Romney to pick Ryan in large part because of his sponsoring of a House-backed budget plan that seeks to cut back overall entitlement spending and modifies Medicaid into a voucher-like system to save costs.
In completing the GOP ticket comes as Romney tries to fix an image damaged by negative Democratic ads and shift the flight of a campaign that seemingly losing ground to President Barack Obama. The selection of the vice presidential candidate will dominate headlines, and Romney's team has been unremittingly bantering the announcement for weeks.