published Sunday, August 12th, 2012

Chattanooga area lawmakers react to Paul Ryan’s nomination

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    Republican vice presidential candidate Rep. Paul Ryan R-Wis., reacts to audience applause during a campaign event at the Waukesha county expo center, Sunday, Aug. 12, 2012 in Waukesha, Wis. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
    Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

"This is Gov. Romney's first major decision as a presidential nominee, and it is a strong one. A Romney-Ryan ticket offers bold leadership that recognizes that our country is one budget agreement away from getting our economy moving again."

-- U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn.

"Paul Ryan is a bold, outstanding pick. He's a true leader with a great family who has shown with courage and commitment that he understands the depth of our country's fiscal problems and what it's going to take to address them. By choosing Paul Ryan, Gov. Romney has shown that he is absolutely committed to putting our nation's fiscal issues in the rearview mirror so we can ensure our country's greatness for generations to come."

-- U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn.

"In choosing Rep. Paul Ryan as his running mate, Gov. Romney has once again underscored that this election is about serious ideas and a turnaround in our nation's fiscal health. I served with Paul in the House and know firsthand that, when it comes to budgetary matters, few in Washington are more respected than he is. I congratulate Gov. Romney on his choice of partner to lead America back to economic stability."

-- U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga.

"I congratulate Gov. Romney for making a thoughtful and serious choice by selecting Paul Ryan to be his running mate. I served with Paul Ryan in the House and have a tremendous amount of respect for him. Paul Ryan is a serious candidate who has clearly demonstrated that he has the discipline to help Gov. Romney tackle our country's very serious fiscal issues. He understands that America cannot afford to continue to go down a path of record debt and deficits, and he has real solutions to get our nation back on a path of prosperity."

-- U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga.

"I am very pleased with Gov. Romney's choice of my friend Paul Ryan to be his running mate. Rep. Ryan is a true reformer and will be an excellent partner to the governor as they fight to replace President Obama and get America back on track. He has proven to be a leading voice on budget issues, and his willingness to put forth new conservative ideas is just what we need. I was honored to have his endorsement in the primary, and I am eager to work with him and Gov. Romney."

-- U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, R-Tenn.

"I can think of no better choice for vice president than Rep. Paul Ryan. Today's announcement furthers my optimism that 2013 will bring an opportunity to rebuild the economic strength this country needs and deserves. ... The road to recovery will require difficult decisions and bold leadership that this president simply cannot provide. Paul has shown that he is willing to put people before politics, new ideas before failed Washington policies and the future of this country above all else."

-- U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais, R-Tenn.

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