Mitt Romney scooped up the endorsement of Republican-darling of the year, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI). The endorsement arrives just ahead of the Wisconsin Republican primary, which will take place Tuesday, April 3, along with contests in Washington, DC, and Maryland.
He chose Romney because he "will make the best president" and "has the best chance of defeating Barack Obama," the Congressman said. Ah, that ol'electability message. He also suggested that it was time for Republicans to "coalesce" around Romney and stop dragging the primary competition out or risk a harder competition in November.
Romney also enjoyed recent endorsements from former president George H.W. Bush and his son, former Gov. Jeb Bush of Florida, and another Republican favorite of the moment, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL).
Earlier this week, a Republican-dominated House of Representatives passed a budget plan proposed by Ryan, which is expected to be rejected by the Senate's Democrats. The plan lowers some taxes, including the corporate tax rate, and includes significant changes to entitlements like Medicare and Medicaid.
Ryan, you'll recall, was also chosen to deliver the Republican rebuttal to President Obama's State of the Union speech a year ago. He pressed the president to rein in federal spending, including on healthcare. "Our debt is out of control," he said.
Six months later, the president and Republicans were in a showdown over the country's debt and the US lost its AAA rating from Standard & Poor's.