Paul Ryan Presidential Run On Horizon?

Rumors of Congressman Paul Ryan (R-WI) jumping into the race for President are heating up today, and it seems Ryan, while on his August vacation, is intensely pondering throwing his hat into the ring of presidential hopefuls.

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The Weekly Standard:

Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan is strongly considering a run for president. Ryan, who has been quietly meeting with political strategists to discuss a bid over the past three months, is on vacation in Colorado discussing a prospective run with his family. Ryan’s concerns about the effects of a presidential campaign – and perhaps a presidency – on his family have been his primary focus as he thinks through his political future…

“With Paul, it’s more about obligation than opportunity,” says another Wisconsin Republican. “He is determined to have the 2012 election be about the big things. If that means he has to run, he’s open to it.”

Ryan hinted at his thinking during a candid interview Friday with Charlie Sykes, an influential talk radio host in Milwaukee, telling Sykes that he was unsatisfied with the current crop of Republican candidates.

Sykes asked Ryan about state of the Republican presidential campaign. “Looking at the Republican field right now, are you confident that the candidates there are able to articulate the issues of the debt and the deficit and the need to reform entitlements in the way that you want to see done?”

Ryan laughed. “Why did you ask me that?”

“You know exactly why I asked you that question.”

“I know. We’ll see. I didn’t see it last night. I haven’t seen it to date. We’ll see. People’s campaigns evolve – they get better. So we’ll see.”

I welcome Ryan into the race. I agree that the more we hear from candidates the more we learn about them, but I also agree with Newt Gingrich’s statement during the Iowa debates, we need hard and pat questions on policy. We do not need to know how Michele Bachmann defines “submission” (to her husband) as we have had several years watching her work inside Congress. Let’s get down on policy!


  • Ryan needs to stay where he is for now. We need someone to replace Bonehead as Speaker. Ryan is just the person and frankly I thought he should have been the choice this time around. Bonehead needs to go on back to Ohio.

  • I like Paul Ryan, but be doesn’t strike me as presidential material. I would prefer to see him in a position such ad Secretary of the.Treasury.

  • Larry and Ticker, I heard today that he has denied the reports that he considering getting in. I like Ryan, but I really don’t he has a chance to do much other than getting some very important conversation going.