Congressman Jim Jordan (pictured), R-Urbana, is praising Mitt Romney's VP choice of Paul Ryan.
Romney announced his choice at a naval museum in Virginia Saturday morning.
Listen to Jordan reflect on the selection and discuss the importance of this year's election.
Analysts say Romney's nominee gives the GOP ticket solid conservative credentials in a congressman who is a generation younger than the presidential nominee.
Ryan is 42; Romney is 65.
A seven-term congressman from Wisconsin, Ryan is chairman of the House Budget Committee and author of a tax and spending blueprint that makes big cuts and rewrites Medicare into a voucher-like program.
Ryan and other supporters say the change is needed to prevent the program from financial calamity. Critics argue it would impose ever-increasing costs on seniors.
One Republican, finance chairman Ron Weiser of Michigan, says Ryan's selection would help Romney win Wisconsin and its 10 electoral votes in the fall. The state typically supports democrats in presidential contests, and Obama won it handily four years ago.
In a written statement, Romney's campaign said that Ryan has worked in Congress to "eliminate the federal deficit, reform the tax code and preserve entitlements for future generations."
Ryan's selection — as well as Romney's own nomination — will be ratified by delegates to the Republican National Convention that begins on August 27th in Tampa, Florida.
President Obama and Vice President Joseph Biden will be nominated for a second term at the Democratic convention the following week.