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 ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonClinton introduces VP pick: Tim Kaine is everything Trump isn't Sunday shows preview: Focus shifts to Dem convention Dems pledge floor fight in Philly over superdelegates MORE 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 McCainJohn McCainFox News bests major networks in convention ratings Meghan McCain: ‘I no longer recognize my party’ Why a bill about catfish will show whether Ryan's serious about regulatory reform 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."