Mitt Romney’s selection of Rep. Paul Ryan to be his VP running mate will likely have the biggest impact on the NY-27 battle, where Rep. Kathy Hochul’s surprise 2011 special election victory turned largely on the Wisconsin Republican’s controversial budget plan, and where her current GOP opponent, former Erie County Executive Chris Collins, is now refusing to take a position on that proposal.

But Ryan’s selection will likely also become an issue in several other New York House races (there are eight competitive contests in the state this fall, and their outcomes could impact the battle for control of the chamber), including NY-18, where Rep. Nan Hayworth has supported the congressman’s budget plan and doubled down on that support during a CNN interview earlier today.

Appearing on Early Start with John Berman & Zoraida Sambolin, Hayworth could not say enough good things about Ryan, calling him “sincere,” “substantive,” “serious about what he does,” “deeply patriotic,” “courageous” and “principled.”

The congresswoman also said Ryan has been a “teacher and mentor” for the House Republicans when it comes to “a budget plan that actually will work for the United States.”

“(I)t’s crucial to understand that under the current law, everybody is going to pay more, including folks in the lowest bracket,” Hayworth said.

“So the idea is not to make anybody pay more in taxes and it is not to burden those who can least afford to contribute to that but grow the economy so that everybody will benefit from greater revenues to the federal government, without impeding progress by having the federal government take more than we can afford to take.”

“…Medicare will be strengthened and stabilized by “The Pathway to Prosperity” budget which we did pass in the House of Representatives in both 2011 and 2012. In fact, it’s to responsibly cares for those obligations that it doesn’t come into full balance until 2037 because we have so much to do for Medicare and Social Security. So it’s a very responsible budget.”

Hayworth is facing a challenge from Democratic former Spitzer/Paterson administration aide Sean Patrick Maloney in November.