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 Rodham ClintonSessions says he doesn't regret recusing himself from Russia probe Judiciary Committee Republicans want a second special counsel: report Fusion GPS: White House trying to smear us on Russia 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 RyanRyan confident on tax reform after GOP releases principles McCain's cancer — The congressional peace maker Koch network teaming up with Trump officials for tax-reform event 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 McCainDem senator on McCain: ‘I was trying not to jump up and down and smile’ ‘Morning Joe’: It’s ‘Failure Friday’ for Trump White House Cruz: Many Americans feel betrayed by failure to repeal ObamaCare 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."