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Mitt Romney names Paul Ryan as running mate

  • U.S. Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has named Paul Ryan as his vice presidential running mate for November's election.

    Ryan, 42, is a Wisconsin congressman and chairman of the House of Representatives budget committee.

    Romney formally revealed his running mate before a large crowd of cheering supporters at the retired aircraft carrier USS Wisconsin in Norfolk, Virginia.

    The former Massachusetts governor accidentally introduced Ryan as "the next president of the United States", before correcting himself.

    Ryan addressed the crowd saying that he and Romney would "restore the greatness of this country".

    He is best-known for a controversial alternative budget to counter President Barack Obama's plans in 2011 and 2012.

    The Obama camp has reacted by saying Ryan represented "flawed" economic policies that would repeat "catastrophic" mistakes.