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Mitt Romney Watches His Old Pal Paul Ryan Become House Speaker

The 2012 bromance lives on.

Former Massachusetts governor and 2012 GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney traveled to Washington, D.C. Thursday to attend Paul Ryan's election as House speaker.

The Wisconsin Republican was Romney's running mate during the 2012 race. 

Mitt Romney and his wife, Ann, attended Ryan's election as speaker.
Mitt Romney and his wife, Ann, attended Ryan's election as speaker.

Romney praised the new speaker in a Facebook post, applauding his "lack of ego, respect for others, knowledge of government and unwavering character." 

Paul Ryan is taking on a task that is as critical as it is daunting. The nation depends on the people's House to enact...

Posted by Mitt Romney on Thursday, October 29, 2015

The Romneys also took a moment to snap a selfie with the newly-minted speaker:

 

Ryan is replacing outgoing House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), who announced his retirement last month. After Boehner's presumed replacement House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) unexpectedly dropped out of the speaker's race, Republicans called on Ryan to step up to the plate. While he initially resisted, he acquiesced after insisting the GOP unite behind him and stressing he would not give up time with his family. 

While deciding whether to run for the post, Ryan reportedly turned to Romney for advice.

"I wouldn't presume to tell Paul what to do, but I do know that he is a man of ideas who is driven to see them applied for the public good," Romney said in a statement earlier this month.

Romney and Ryan were running mates in 2012.
Romney and Ryan were running mates in 2012.

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