Portman and Lazio both came to Congress as part of the 1993 class. While Portman jumped to President George W. Bush's administration in 2005 to serve as its U.S. Trade Representative, Lazio mounted a failed senatorial bid against Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonGeorge HW Bush wears 'book socks' to Barbara Bush's funeral to honor her passion for literacy Obamas, Clintons to attend funeral of Barbara Bush Hillary Clinton to fundraise in DC for public charter high school MORE in 2000.

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Now an attorney and Romney backer, Lazio said there's no hard feelings after his roomie was passed over in favor of Rep. Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanScalise released from hospital after planned surgery GOP sold Americans a bill of goods with tax reform law Impeaching Rosenstein? Some Republicans are talking about it MORE (R-Wis.).

"He has excellent communication skills and he's absolutely a value added to the ticket," he said of the House Budget Committee Chairman. "This might well prove to be the exception to the oft-repeated rule that vice presidents don’t win anything but their own home state."

He described the 2008 GOP offering of Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainTrump considering pardon for boxing legend after call from Sylvester Stallone GOP poised to advance rules change to speed up Trump nominees The Hill's Morning Report: Inside the Comey memos MORE (R-Ariz.) and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as a "personality ticket," while Romney-Ryan "is more a ticket of competence, record and experience."