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 Clinton in 2000.
Now an attorney and Romney backer, Lazio said there's no hard feelings after his roomie was passed over in favor of Rep. Paul Ryan (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 McCain (R-Ariz.) and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as a "personality ticket," while Romney-Ryan "is more a ticket of competence, record and experience."