09/13/2012 06:35 pm ET Updated Sep 14, 2012

House Republicans To Paul Ryan: Good To See You, Now 'Get Back To Ohio'

WASHINGTON -- GOP vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan received a hero's welcome Thursday at the House of Representatives, with his fellow House Republicans lining up and waiting to just get their picture with him.

Ryan held court in the offices of Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) for about an hour, talking briefly with his colleagues about the campaign, their families and other non-policy issues, according to members exiting the room. The meeting was Ryan's idea, according to Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.).

Rep. Nan Hayworth (R-N.Y.) said she waited for about 15 minutes for a picture with Ryan. "We just want to do it again when he's vice president," she said.

Members said Ryan seems to be doing well. His P90x workout buddy Rep. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) joked to reporters that he "told [Ryan] he's looking soft. He needs to get to the gym," adding that he seemed to be in good shape.

Rep. Steve Womack (R-Ark.) said Ryan seemed to be faring well under the grueling campaign schedule, also talking about the nominee's workout habits.

"The grind that he's on right now, he's used to that grind," he said. "First of all he was a member of this chamber, still is a member of this chamber, began his day every day with a very tough workout regimen -- he's built for this. Paul Ryan, not only does he have the articulate skills and the depth of knowledge about the issues that are very important to our country, but physically, he's built for this regimen."

Ryan said after the vote that he plans to do P90X on Friday morning while listening to Zeppelin and AC/DC, Fox News' Chad Pergram tweeted.

After the meeting in his offices, Boehner then escorted Ryan to the House floor, where he was again swarmed by well-wishers. Democratic Rep. Chris Van Hollen (Md.), who will play Ryan during debate prep for Vice President Joe Biden, also stopped over to say hello.

Following his votes in the House Thursday, Ryan will return to the campaign trail, which House Republicans said is where they want him.

"Now that we said hi to him, it's 'Get out of here, get back to Ohio,'" Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) said to reporters.

CORRECTIONS: In an earlier version of this story, Rep. Jason Chaffetz was misidentified. He is a Republican congressman from Utah.



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