Congressman Paul Ryan (R-1st District) responded to rumors circulating that he was on the list of running mates for Republican presidential hopeful John McCain. "It's flattering, but I don't put a whole lot of stock into it," said the Janesville Republican. Strategists believe McCain needs to draw support from potential Midwest voters and supporters of fiscal conservatism, a philosophy that Ryan is known for. As a younger statesman, Ryan says, some view McCain's age, 71, as a factor in the match up.
Ryan says with everything going on between now and the November election, including the budget, he admits, "I really haven't given it a whole lot of thought."