ASHLAND, VA (WWBT) - Paul Ryan is a name that before today, few Virginians were familiar with, but a three-stop roll-out in the Commonwealth provided the country a first glimpse of the man who wants to be Vice President.
It started with the man Mitt Romney passed by as his running mate.
"It's great to be here in the center of the universe!," said Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell.
McDonnell fired up the Ashland crowd and enthusiastically backed Paul Ryan.
"He is the great intellectual voice in the house of representatives for our conservative team," said McDonnell.
The 42-year-old Wisconsin congressman is known as a policy wonk, a man who loves numbers and is in charge of the house budget committee.
According to his new running mate his focus on cutting the debt and reforming social programs could be his greatest asset.
"He is a man who has great ideas and the capacity to lead," said Governor Mitt Romney.
But his budget philosophy may also be Ryan's biggest drawback. A recent budget proposal called for drastic cuts and an overhaul of Medicare. Today, Romney sold that budget plan as a positive.
"This is a man who appeals to the better angels of the American people, and asks us to lift ourselves. We are going to talk about issues and a vision for America," said Romney.
But while Ryan gets his moment in the spotlight today, the race will be about Mitt Romney and his new running mate argued he is the man for the job.
"We are at that proverbial fork in the road. What we have here is a man who is met and is right for the moment," said Paul Ryan. A moment that is now in the hands of the voters to decide.
Now the tickets are set and the race will take off on a lightning pace and it is very possible that it will be decided right where both campaigns have rolled out key announcements: the Commonwealth of Virginia.