NORFOLK, VA - AUGUST 11: Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (L) jokes with Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) (R) after announcing him as the "next PRESIDENT of the United States" during an event announcing him as his running mate in front of the USS Wisconsin August 11, 2012 in Norfolk, Virginia. Ryan, a seven term congressman, is Chairman of the House Budget Committee and provides a strong contrast to the Obama administration on fiscal policy. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
Texas Gov. Rick Perry says Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney chose a "conservative budget hawk" when he tapped Wisconsin U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan as his running mate.
Perry ran unsuccessfully for president against Romney but has since endorsed the ex-Massachusetts governor.
He said in a statement Saturday that Ryan underscores Romney's "commitment to downsizing Washington, fixing our economy and restoring American job creation."
Perry said previously he wasn't interested in being a GOP vice presidential candidate. But he also was never considered a serious contender for Romney's choice.
The governor was at the Iowa State Fair on Saturday on Romney's behalf.
His statement called Ryan an exciting choice who will "energize economic voters, young voters and blue collar voters" while solidifying the Republican Party's commitment to fiscal responsibility.