Delegate disappointed roommate didn't get VP nod

Portman and Lazio both came to Congress as part of the 1993 class. While Portman jumped to then-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 ClintonSessions says FBI agent Peter Strzok no longer has his security clearance Melania Trump puzzles with 'I really don't care' jacket Grassley wants to subpoena Comey, Lynch after critical IG report 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 RyanPolitical figures pay tribute to Charles Krauthammer House approves five-year farm bill House postpones vote on compromise immigration bill 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 McCainDon’t disrespect McCain by torpedoing his clean National Defense Authorization Act Meghan McCain rips Trump's 'gross' line about her dad Trump's America fights back 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."