By Catalina Camia, USA TODAY
House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan is getting some high-profile support to be Mitt Romney's running mate.
The Wall Street Journal today promotes Ryan for the No. 2 slot on the GOP ticket and argues in its lead editorial that the Wisconsin Republican can help Romney win an election based on big ideas.
"The case for Mr. Ryan is that he best exemplifies the nature and stakes of this election," the WSJ editorial says. "More than any other politician, the House Budget Chairman has defined those stakes well as a generational choice about the role of government and whether America will once again become a growth economy or sink into interest-group dominated decline."
Romney is expected to name his running mate soon, and it's a guessing game as to who really is on his short list.
Ryan is a lightning rod because of his budget plan. It would dramatically change Medicare, the government-run health insurance program for seniors, and overhaul other entitlement programs.
He proposes to have private companies run Medicare and give them a set amount of money, with beneficiaries making up the costs not covered by insurers.
Ryan is also being touted by Rich Lowry, editor of the National Review. Lowry writes in a piece for Politico:
Ryan would inject a jolt of energy into the campaign and reorient the debate around policy. The Romney campaign doesn't have to be reckless. It does have to have a pulse. It doesn't have to commit ideological hari-kari. It does have to have an unmistakable substantive content.
In other news about some of the potential VP contenders, former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty played down all the speculation during a campaign visit to Michigan.
Asked if he'd return "when you're vice president," Pawlenty initially laughed. "We'll know soon enough," he said about Romney's decision.