Paul Ryan Makes Pitch to Ron Paul Supporters for Mitt Romney Ticket

Presumptive vice presidential candidate U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI). Credit: Getty Images

Texas Congressman and former presidential candidate Ron Paul has refused to endorse presidential nominee Mitt Romney, saying it “would undo everything” he has done in the last three decades. However, Romney’s running mate Paul Ryan isn’t ready to take “no” for an answer.

In an interview that will air Monday on Fox News, Ryan told Bret Baier that Ron Paul supporters should feel “comfortable” with the Republican ticket, adding that Obama is only offering a “cradle-to-grave welfare state.”

“We see eye to eye on a lot of issues. We believe in sound money. We believe in economic freedom. We believe in the founding principles,” Ryan said.

“We believe this is a watershed moment for America,” he added, “whether we are going to reclaim the American idea or a cradle-to-grave welfare state which is where I think the president is taking us. So, I think in the final analysis Ron, he and his supporters should be comfortable with us.”

Ryan also said he has known the Libertarian congressman for many years in Congress.

“Ron is a friend of mine,” Ryan said. He went on to explain that Americans have a clear choice “between the president’s failed leadership, the big government that he is offering, the borrowing that he is offering, the spending and regulating that he is offering which will give us a stagnant economy, a lost generation, not just a lost decade; and the Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan plan of reclaiming our founding principles, getting back to economic freedom and liberty and reviving this economy.”

Take a look at the preview of the interview via Mediaite and Fox News: