At an event in Washington, D.C. this evening, Paul Ryan asked Marco Rubio, "Know any good diners in Iowa or New Hampshire?" The reference, of course, is to the first state to hold a primary contest (the Iowa Caucus) and the first to in the nation to hold a primary election (New Hampshire).
Both men are said to be contenders for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination.
Ryan, the Wisconsin congressman, is the House Budget Committee chair, and was the Republican vice presidential nominee last election. Rubio is the junior senator from Florida, and a rising Republican star.
Ryan took two moments tonight, according to prepared remarks, to praise by name his 2012 running mate, Mitt Romney.
"And though I wish this election had turned out differently, I’m proud of the campaign Mitt Romney and I ran," said Ryan. "He would have been a great president, and it would have been an honor to serve this country at his side. We gave this race our all, and I’m grateful for the nomination."
He later added, "I’m proud of Mitt Romney."
Additionally, Ryan called receiving the vice presidential nod "thrilling."
"It’s thrilling when your team trusts you with the ball – and it’s humbling when you advance the ball as far as you can, only to come up a little short," he said. "But losing is part of politics, and can often prepare the way for the greatest victories. Jack Kemp, were he still with us, could be counted on to quote Churchill: 'success is not final, failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts.' For all of us, the work goes on."