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Mary Altaffer, AP
Newly announced Republican vice presidential candidate, Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, addresses the crowd Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012, during a campaign event with Republican presidential candidate, Mitt Romney, not shown, in Norfolk, Va. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

SALT LAKE CITY — After the announcement of Paul Ryan as the Republican vice presidential candidate, Utah Republican Party Chairman Thomas Wright made a statement supporting Mitt Romney's choice.

"Paul Ryan is prepared and would be ready to serve as Commander in Chief if called upon. He also understands the importance of pro-growth economic policies and the need to reduce Americas massive debt and to stop reckless spending. The Romney-Ryan ticket will help small businesses and will build the American middle class offering a stark contrast to Obama's failed economic policies that have left each American household with $520,000 worth of debt."