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Paul Ryan Will Not Run for President

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) will not enter the GOP primaries, the Weekly Standard reports:

Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan has decided for a final time that he will not run for president in 2012, THE WEEKLY STANDARD has learned. Ryan, who began seriously considering a bid in late May after Indiana governor Mitch Daniels took himself out of the race, had consulted with top Republicans, including Karl Rove and Frank Luntz, as he contemplated his political future. And though many of those he talked with told him he would be a viable candidate in such a fluid race, even as a late entry, Ryan ultimately decided to continue his focus on debt and entitlement reform as chairman of the House Budget Committee.

I think he woud have been a good candidate. He has tremendous credibility on deficit issues, devoting himself tirelessly to the cause of reining in spending.

His power in Congress derives from knowledge. Even if people disagree with his views, he would have been able to explain them clearly and convey competence on reducing the deficit. It would have been interesting to watch him run.

On the other hand, he is young and looks it. I think people might want someone, given the complex problems the nation is facing, who seems a little more seasoned.

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14 Responses to Paul Ryan Will Not Run for President

  1. I think Paul Ryan is a true statesman. He made the right choice to stay in the House where he will have the most influence. Once we have a conservative congress and president, Paul Ryan’s knowledge of the budgetary process will really shine.

  2. I’m with bobmac — and CindyLou, Susan and Car In.

    Heard Rep. Ryan and former Rep. Steve Driehaus jointly give the Commencement Address at Miami University (Ohio) in 2009. Both are alums. Driehaus “represented” my district. Ryan was so great, he blew Driehaus away. (P.S. One-term Driehaus is no longer in Congress. He was swept in w/Obama and out in November 2010.)

  3. Paul Ryan is a very bright guy. Now is not the time. He may know his stuff, but I’m almost 60 and I don’t want to make the same mistake that was made last time around. There is something to say about age and experiences – not all of them good experiences, but life changing. How I thought, acted and handled situations 40 or 30 years ago is miles away from where I am today. I’ve raised two kids, have grandchildren, experienced trials and tribulations in marriage, job losses, tough choices financially – the list goes on. Our current President lacks the day to day challenges that could have made him a better leader – Paul Ryan does have credibility but he really needs more experience. Glad he’s around to try and bring some sanity to the budget process and deficit.

  4. He must have felt honored to be considered for the big-time job, but he knows he can be more effective where he is now. Maybe a move to the US Senate would be in his future.

    • I feel a little protective of him, too–he seems so fresh-faced. His tots need to get older, and he needs a little more suffering on him… I agree part of what was wrong with Obama is that yes, he lost an election, but then someone fixed it sort of so he didn’t lose again…He wanted a bigger yard–someone sort of fixed that…they paved the way…still are doing it. Now if I could figure out who!

  5. Devoted himself tirelessly to restraining spending?

    Are you being sarcastic?

    He voted for TARP and auto industry bailouts. This guy just loves big government.

    It never ceases to amaze me what a good PR job Ryan is doing with journalists.