UPDATED, 8:20 p.m., with Crapo statements.
I’ll add to this as the weekend unfolds, but here are some first reactions to Republican Mitt Romney’s choice for running mate: House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin.
Interestingly enough, on Friday our editorial board asked 2nd Congressional District Rep. Mike Simpson for his read on the GOP veepstakes. Several of the usual suspect names came up, but not Ryan. (Here is a link to Dan Popkey’s writeup from the interview.)
Now, to the reactions.
On Twitter, Sen. Mike Crapo called Ryan "a deficit hawk who I have enjoyed working with.
"(Ryan) is somebody who believes in cutting spending and dealing w/our debt problem. A strong choice for (Romney)."
From Sen. Jim Risch, who supported Romney's run in 2008 and endorsed Romney early in the 2012 cycle:
The selection of Congressman Paul Ryan as his running mate underscores Governor Romney's commitment to pull our country back from the edge of the fiscal cliff. I strongly endorse Governor Romney's choice of Congressman Ryan and I look forward to victory in November.
Here’s the reaction from one of Ryan’s House Republican colleagues, 1st District Rep. Raul Labrador:
Governor Mitt Romney's selection this morning of Chairman Paul Ryan adds the final piece to America's comeback -- the team America has been waiting for to reform our government and help get people back to work. Americans will soon know, like I know, that the Romney/Ryan ticket has the expertise needed to save our country from an entitlement mentality that has caused unprecedented spending and the overregulation of businesses that has taken our country to the brink of financial ruin.
I am excited about this team and I stand ready to help in any way I can to take back the White House and restore American preeminence in the world.
Here, from Boise High School graduate and Obama for America campaign manager Jim Messina, is the reaction and fundraising pitch from the Obama camp:
Paul Ryan will be Mitt Romney's running mate.
What you need to know right now: This election is about values, and today Romney doubled down on his commitment to take our country back to the failed policies of the past.
Congressman Paul Ryan is best known as the author of a budget so radical The New York Times called it "the most extreme budget plan passed by a House of Congress in modern times." With Mitt Romney's support, Ryan would end Medicare as we know it and slash the investments we need to keep our economy growing -- all while cutting taxes for those at the very top.
Over the next few days, Romney's campaign and its allies will tell a very different story about Paul Ryan.
Our job is to make sure Americans know the truth about what Romney's choice says about him as a candidate and leader, and to stand with President Obama and Vice President Biden at another major moment in this campaign.