Topeka — Gov. Sam Brownback is praising the selection of U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., to run as vice president on the Republican White House ticket.
Referring to Ryan, Brownback said, "Right now he's got the only plan out there for how we as a country get through this fiscal crisis that we are in."
Brownback's comments were made in an interview with Fox's Greta Van Susteren.
Ryan worked for Brownback as his legislative director from 1995-97 when Brownback was in Congress.
"Paul Ryan has the only legitimate plan out there," Brownback said.
Ryan is the primary author of conservative tax and spending blueprints that Republicans on the House approved over Democratic opposition in 2011 and again in 2012, according to The Associated Press.
Ryan's plan would transform Medicare into a program in which future seniors would receive government checks that to purchase health insurance. Other elements of the budget plan would cut projected spending for Medicaid, which provides health care for the poor, as well as food stamps, student loans and other social programs.
Since selecting Ryan, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has said he will form his own budget plan. During the primary season, Romney had said Ryan's budget plan was a "bold and exciting effort" that was "very much needed."
Here is a link to Brownback's interview on Ryan: http://gretawire.foxnewsinsider.com/video/kansas-governor-sam-brownback-on-the-record/