Ryan also campaigned vigorously in the swing state of Ohio, where he spent four years as a student at Miami University. He boosted Romney’s chances in the closely contested state, which many election strategists said was essential for a Romney victory.
Although Ryan did not turn out to be the “game changer” that conservatives had hoped, he energized the party base as well as his Capitol Hill colleagues, such as Rep. Tim Griffin, R-Ark.
Griffin, a freshman elected in the GOP’s stunning takeover of the House in 2010, has come to view Ryan as among the most compelling voices of their party. In August, after early reports of Romney’s pick began rolling in, Griffin stayed up until the wee hours of the morning tweeting his support for Ryan.
“I think it says a lot about the intellectual firepower of a lot of our folks in the House that he was chosen, particularly because of his many innovative and solution-oriented ideas,” Griffin said. “I think it says so much that he was chosen from amongst us in the House. He’s a real leader.”