November 14, 2012 8:34:56 AM
WASHINGTON -- The polling and other data and all the smart people watching the election gave Rep. Paul Ryan an optimistic view on the night of last week's election. When Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney lost, his running mate felt "a bit of a shock."
"Going into Boston that day, we felt like we had a pretty darn good chance of winning," Ryan told ABC News in an interview broadcast Tuesday. "So as you can imagine, it was a bit of a shock when we didn't win, but that's just the way these things go."
Ryan said President Barack Obama deserves to be congratulated for having "a fantastic ground game."
"He won fair and square," Ryan said of Obama. "He got more votes, and that's the way our system works, and so he ought to be congratulated for that."
Ryan said he and Romney "felt very good about the race we ran."
Ryan, who was re-elected to an eighth term in the House, returned to the Capitol on Tuesday to resume his duties as House Budget Committee chairman.
"There's an upside to losing," Ryan said, "which is a reconnection with my family."