GOP lawmakers from Tennessee were quick to voice support for presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney's pick of House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan to be his running mate over the weekend.
Ryan, a seven-term congressman from Wisconsin, has spearheaded signature Republican responses to President Barack Obama's budget and economic policies in recent years. The congressman is best-known for authoring the GOP-backed Path to Prosperity budget plan in 2011, which is also known as the Ryan budget.
In a news release, Sen. Bob Corker described Romney's choice of the congressman as a "bold, outstanding pick."
"He's a true leader with a great family who has shown courage and commitment that he understands the depth of our country's fiscal problems and what it is going to take to address them," Corker said. "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."
Sen. Lamar Alexander echoed Corker's comments on Romney's decision.
"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," he said.
Republican congressmen from the Chattanooga area also heaped praise on to their party's new ticket. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, who was endorsed by Ryan in his recent primary bid, said he was "very pleased" to hear the news.
"He has proven to be a leading voice on budget issues, and his willingness to put forth new conservatives ideas is just what we need. I was honored to have his endorsement in the primary and am eager to work with him and Gov. Romney," he said.
Rep. Scott DesJarlais said he could think of "no better choice" than Ryan.
"Tennesseans know that we cannot continue to bury the problems facing this nation under a mountain of empty promises and fancy speeches," he said. "The road to recovery will require difficult decisions and bold leadership that this president simply cannot provide. Paul has show that he is willing to put people before politics, new ideas before failed Washington policies and the future of this country above all else."
Tennessee Democratic Party Chairman Chip Forrester offered less flattering words for the new ticket, calling the plans to be offered by Romney and Ryan as "irresponsible and outrageous." In a news release, Forrester said the ticket was "just plain wrong for Tennessee" and singled out provisions for Medicare outlined in the congressman's budget plan.
"Tennesseans wholly reject the Romney-Ryan plan to end Medicare as we know it and shift millions of dollars in health care costs to Tennessee seniors through a paltry voucher scheme," Forrester said.