The republican presidential candidate in the US Mitt Romney has announced his running mate for the election later this year.
He is fiscal conservative Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan who at 42 years old brings a touch of youthful exuberance to the ticket.
The presidential hopeful unveiled his choice with a now-characteristic Romney gaffe.
“Join me in welcoming the next President of the United States, Paul Ryan,” he said.
Of course what he should have said was ‘the next vice-president’, but it did not stop him from praising his partner.
“Paul Ryan has become an intellectual leader of the Republican Party. He understands the fiscal challenges facing America, our exploding deficits and crushing debt, and the fiscal catastrophe that awaits us if we don’t change course,” Romney told the crowds at Norfolk in Virginia.
Romney has fallen slightly behind Obama in the still close campaign which has centred on the economy.
“Every generation of Americans leaves their children better off,” said Ryan, “that’s the American legacy. Sadly, for the first time in our history we are on a path which will undo that legacy.”
The pair are now preparing for the party convention later this month in Florida to be formally chosen as the team to take on Barack Obama and Joe Biden for the White House in November.