REPUBLICAN White House hopeful Mitt Romney has chosen Congressman Paul Ryan, known for advocating deep cuts in federal spending, as his running mate.
The selection was first made public in a brief email message sent by the campaign to reporters saying that Ryan was Romney's pick for vice-president.
A statement shortly afterward said: "Mitt Romney today announced Wisconsin Representative Paul Ryan as his vice-presidential running mate."
It did not elaborate except to add brief biographical data about Ryan, the powerful chairman of the House budget committee and a native of the Midwestern state of Wisconsin.
Ryan's selection will be officially announced at 9am during a photo opportunity at the USS Wisconsin, a decommissioned World War II-era battleship that also saw service during the Gulf War in 1991.
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