MIAMI (CBSMiami) — After Mitt Romney selected Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) as his running mate, Florida republicans were quick to react ahead of Romney’s Monday visit to the swing state.

A Saturday morning news release from the Romney campaign summed up the sentiment (although if you have Romney’s ‘VP App’ you supposedly learned of Romney’s VP pick before anyone else).

Senator Marco Rubio, who said he looks forward to campaigning with the Romney-Ryan ticket this fall, praised the pick: “Choosing Paul Ryan is a truly inspired choice,” said Rubio. The senator called Paul Ryan a “courageous reformer who understands our nation’s challenges, has proposed bold policy solutions to solve them and has shown the courage to stand up to President Obama.”

Three days before he faces off in the primaries, Congressman Connie Mack said “Paul Ryan understands the priorities needed to put our nation back on the road to more freedom, less government and renewed prosperity.” Referring to his work with Ryan in Congress, Mack said he was “outraged time and again when [Ryan’s] ideas to move our nation forward were killed by a liberal Senate.”

Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart also praised Romney’s VP pick, saying “It is clear that Governor Romney is serious about dealing with the most important issues facing our country – fixing the economy and creating jobs.” Diaz-Balart referenced Ryan’s record as a “fiscal warrior” who “prioritized these issues as Chairman of the House Budget Committee.”

Former Governor Jeb Bush expressed his confidence in Ryan, stating “Congressman Ryan’s command of economic policy and the federal budget will prove invaluable as Governor Romney fights to reform government, accelerate job growth and rein in out-of-control spending.”

>> For a preview of Tuesday’s primaries and more reaction from Florida’s political pundits, watch Facing South Florida With Jim DeFede, in its new time slot Sunday at 8:30 a.m. on CBS4.

>> For more political coverage, see our Campaign 2012 and Facing South Florida sections.


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