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.