Lol tax-cuts everywhereUS Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has picked congressman Paul Ryan to be his running mate to help him try to win the White House race.
Mr Romney's campaign announced the vice-presidential (VP) selection to supporters via an iPhone app message early Saturday.
He is expected to speak about the selection during a photo opportunity at the USS Wisconsin in Norfolk, Virginia later today.
The vessel is a decommissioned World War II-era battleship that also saw service during Operation Desert Storm in 1991.
Mr Romney's VP announcement comes at the start of a four-state bus tour, and as he tries to repair an image damaged by negative Democrat advertising in a race that has seen him lose ground to President Barack Obama ahead of November's election.
He has also suffered a series of gaffes in recent weeks, including raising questions about London's Olympics preparations, and wrongly referring to the scene of a recent deadly gun attack at a Sikh place of worship as a 'sheik' temple.
Mr Ryan, whose plan to slash federal spending and lower taxes has won over many Republicans, is from the state of Wisconsin, which shares the name of the battleship.
The timing of his VP choice means Mr Romney will have his running mate by his side during a bus tour through Virginia, North Carolina, Florida and Ohio, four states that Mr Obama won in 2008 but are being closely contested this time around.
Mr Ryan, 42, is viewed by some in the Republican Party as a bridge between the party establishment and conservative activists that have never warmed to Mr Romney.
As the chairman of the House Budget Committee, Mr Ryan could help Mr Romney, 65, make the argument that only the Republican ticket knows how to turn around a nation in the midst of a sluggish economic recovery.
The Wisconsin congressman is behind a House of Representatives-backed budget plan that seeks to curb overall entitlement spending and changes government health insurance for the elderly and poor into a voucher-like system to save costs.
Democrats this week criticised Mr Romney for embracing the proposal that critics say is painful to the poor and elderly.
Unveiling the VP pick at the USS Wisconsin is set to carry heavy military symbolism at a time when the Pentagon is facing drastic budget cuts.