By Peter Schroeder - 08/27/12 10:02 PM EDT
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 Clinton in 2000.
"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."