Meet Paul Ryan: See for yourself why Paul Ryan is “The Answer” for Republicans

Bookmark and Share    With the possibility of House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan entering the Republican race for President, White House 2012 presents to you the Congressman’s White House 2012 Fact Page. which is located here.  Here you wil be able to research the Congressman and read about him and his background.  You will also find here, his contact information, staff contacts,  websites, voting records, speeches, position papers, campaign finance reports, and much more.

While White House 2012 as website has not endorsed any candidate for President,  I have, and the person who I am hoping will run and can endorse is Paul Ryan.  To be cear, this is not an endorsement by White house 2012.  ON WH12, our writers are entitled to their own opinions.  This happens to be mine.

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Congressman Paul Ryan

Born: January 29, 1970 (age 41), Janesville, Wisconsin

Spouse(s): Janna Ryan

Children : Sam, Liza & Charlie

Residence : Janesville, Wisconsin

Alma mater: Miami University, (Ohio) (BA),

Profession: Blue Collar worker, Marketing Consultant

Religion: Catholic

Political Career :

  • Intern for the foreign affairs advisor assigned to Wisconsin Sen. Bob Kasten.
  • staff economist attached to the office of U.S. Senator Bob Kasten
  • 1992 – Ryan became a speechwriter and a volunteer economic analyst with Empower America, an advocacy group formed by Jack Kemp, former education secretary Bill Bennett, the late diplomat Jeane Kirkpatrick and former Minnesota Rep. Vin Weber.
  • 1998 – Elected to Congress from his Wisconsin hometown

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Paul Ryan is in many ways a unique politician. He was born with no silver spoon in his mouth. He did not receive an overpriced education behind the cloistered walls of Harvard or Yale and he did not buy his way into elected office.

The youngest of four children, Paul became accustomed to his parent’s tradition of an incentive system for allowances that saw his weekly allowance cut from $4 to $2 if he received a B on his reports cards, and received no allowance if he got a C or less. At 16, he discovered his father dead of a heart attack, and had to inform his mother and older siblings. His sister is nine years older and two brothers eight and five years his senior. According to Paul, “It threw me for a loop for a couple of years.”……“I did a lot of soul-searching. A lot of self-discovery. I started forming my beliefs.”

At 18, Paul attended Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, where he eventually earned a B.A. in economics and political science . It was here that Paul’s political ideology developed through his reading of free market authors including Milton Friedman, F. A. Hayek, and Ayn Rand. At a D.C. gathering honoring the author of “Atlas Shrugged” and “The Fountainhead.” Paul recalled, “The reason I got involved in public service, by and large, if I had to credit one thinker, one person, it would be Ayn Rand,”

During his college years he supported himself by working for the Oscar Mayer meat and cold cut production company as a Wienermobile driver. During his junior year, he went on to study at the Washington Semester program at American University. Here he worked as a college intern opening mail for the foreign affairs advisor assigned to Wisconsin Sen. Bob Kasten. In his early years as a D.C. staffer, Paul moon lighted on Capitol Hill as a waiter at the Tortilla Coast restaurant and as a fitness trainer at Washington Sport and Health Club, among various other side jobs.

Eventually he gained a congressional position as a staff economist attached to the office of U.S. Senator Bob Kasten. But after Kasten was defeated by Democrat Russ Feingold in 1992, Paul Ryan became a speechwriter and a volunteer economic analyst with Empower America, an advocacy group formed by Jack Kemp, former education secretary Bill Bennett, the late diplomat Jeane Kirkpatrick and former Minnesota Rep. Vin Weber.

In 1996, Paul Ryan became a speechwriter for Vice-Presidential candidate Jack Kemp during the 1996 United States presidential election and later worked as legislative director for U.S. Senator Sam Brownback.

After the ’96 presidential election, Paul Ryan returned home and worked as a marketing consultant for his family’s construction , Ryan Incorporated Central, a company began as an earth moving business created by his great-grandfather in 1884. Now his cousins’ excavating company and called Ryan Inc. Central, it happens to be a union shop. According to Ryan “I grew up in organized labor,”……“I have a lot of constituents who are in organized labor. I really do not have this ‘us against them’ mentality”. Ryan worked there in high school and then briefly worked there again but as a marketing consultant while running for office.

In 1998, upon the retirement of his Congressman he ran for and won the Republican nomination for the job and eventually won the seat against Democratic opponent Lydia Spottswood.

Upon being elected, one of Ryan’s priorities was to convert a truck into a rolling district office that allowed him to keep regular congressional office hours with his constituents at various and far-flung locations across the Wisconsin First U.S. House District

He went on to become one of the three founding members of the House GOP Young Guns Program but what Ryan became most known for was his devotion to fiscal conservatism It is said that till this day, Ryan speaks with a certain degree of awe and respect for people like Jack Kemp, who strongly influenced his supply side economic beliefs and in the footsteps of Jack Kemp, became one of fiscal conservatism most passionate leaders.

While no one is perfect, Ryan will have to defend his 2008 vote for TARP, but does offer a plausible defense. But on May 21, 2008, Ryan introduced H.R. 6110, the “Roadmap for America’s Future Act of 2008”. This proposed legislation was a realistic attempt to face some of the most significant burdens on and causes for our perilous national debt. Ryan’s plan courageously dealt with entitlement issues. Its stated aims were to ensure universal access to health insurance; strengthen Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security; lift the debt from future generations; and promote economic growth and job creation in America. But Democrats in control of Congress did not move on it.

On April 1, 2009, Ryan introduced his alternative to the 2010 United States federal budget. This proposed alternative would have eliminated the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, lowered the top tax rate to 25%, introduced an 8.5% value-added consumption tax, and imposed a five-year spending freeze on all discretionary spending. It would also have replaced the Medicare system. Instead, it proposed that starting in 2021, the federal government would pay part of the cost of private medical insurance for individuals turning 65. Ryan’s proposed budget would also have allowed taxpayers to opt out of the federal income taxation system with itemized deductions, and instead pay a flat 10 percent of adjusted gross income up to $100,000 and 25 percent on any remaining income. It was ultimately rejected in the house by a vote of 293-137, with 38 Republicans in opposition.

When Republicans regained control of the House in 2010, Ryan’s budgetary expertise earned him the chairmanship of the House budget committee. One of the most powerful positions in the land. Not an easy fete for a man of just 41 years of age.

In late January 2010, Ryan released a new version of his “Roadmap.” It would give across the board tax cuts by reducing income tax rates; eliminating income taxes on capital gains, dividends, and interest; and abolishing the corporate income tax, the estate tax, and the alternative minimum tax. The plan would privatize a portion of Social Security, eliminate the tax exclusion for employer-sponsored health insurance, and privatize MediCare.

Of course these ideas have been distorted by the liberal left and used to scare senior citizens with. This was not unexpected, yet Ryan still had the courage to face the reality we are in, and touch the political third rails that so many do not have the courage to deal with.

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As of the writing of this page Paul Ryan is said to still be considering a run for President in 2012. He has the backing of many heavy hitters too. From my perspective I hope he does.

Paul Ryan may not seem to be an obvious winner of either the G.O.P. nomination or the presidency. He is indeed not an immediate frontrunner and it is quite clear that the left will try to bury Congressman Ryan with tactics of fear and distortions regarding his willingness to tackle the entitlements and bring the type of economic reforms that our nation can not deny it needs if we are to ever get on the right track again.

But at the same time, many voters, including the ever important independent voter, are willing to listen to viable solutions and they are appreciative of those who are willing to speak truthfully about the situation we are in and the steps we must consider to improve it. This combined with the Congressman’s solemn committment to the cause, and his incomparable ability to articulate the economic problems we face and steps we must take, can make him a force to reckon with if given a chance.

I call Paul Ryan the little engine that could. Not only is he passionate but rational, and honest but pragmatic, he is sincere. Furthermore, while many may not initially see him as being a name big enough to win the Republican presidential nomination or to defeat President Obama, I believe people will be surprised. Ryan has a temperament that voters will appreciate and that is perfect for the current national climate. He is forceful but not combative and convincing but not cocky. And beyond that, he has the capacity to articulate a youthful vision for our nation that is realistic but optimistic. He has the ability to be a Republican JFK without the nepotism, philandering, and drama of Camelot.

Paul Ryan is a new generation Republican. He is the next generation of American leadership that for many, Barack Obama was suppose to be but proved not to be. And unlike President Obama Paul Ryan has both life experiences as a blue-collar worker and a legislative leader who has actually worked and produced concrete results, not just campaigned and produced rhetoric.

Ryan is a perfect anti-Obama. He is a limited government, states rights, Constitution based, deficit hawk with a record, the ability to defend that record, and who can articulate the cause, connect with the people, and has a genuine sense of committment that can be seen through the passion he has for his beliefs.

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Current Contact Info

Washington, D.C. Address
1233 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: 202-225-3031
Fax: 202-225-3393
District Address
5455 Sheridan Road
Suite 125
Kenosha, WI 53140
Phone: 262-654-1901
Fax: 262-654-2156
District Address
216 6th Street
Racine, WI 53403
Phone: 262-637-0510
Fax: 262-637-5689
District Address
20 South Main Street
Suite 10
Janesville, WI 53545
Phone: 608-752-4050
Toll Free: 888-909-7926
Fax: 608-752-4711
Key Staff Address
Joyce Meyer
Chief of Staff
1113 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515-4901
Phone: 202-225-3031
Fax: 202-225-3393
Key Staff Address
Sarah Ulrich
Scheduler
1113 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515-4901
Phone: 202-225-3031
Fax: 202-225-3393
Key Staff Address
Kate Matus
Press Secretary
1113 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515-4901
Phone: 202-225-3031
Fax: 202-225-3393
Campaign Address
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Janesville, WI 53545



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Paul Ryan for President

Bookmark and Share    “If Ryan does decide to run, win or lose, I will be behind him either until he wins the nomination and the presidency or ends his campaign.”  -Anthony Del Pellegrino, aka: Kempite

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Reports have indicated that Wisconsin Congressman and Chairman of the House Budget Committee Paul. Ryan is in the final stages of deciding on a presidential run. According to The Weekly Standard’s Stephen Hayes, Ryan associates have been quietly going around and laying the groundwork for a run which has included establishing the deadlines for gaining ballot access to the ballot in each of the 50 states. Hayes reports that Ryan has been discussing the possibilities of running with advisors and close firlends about a run since last spring. He further adds that Congressman Ryan had been expecting Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels to run and he was looking forward to a Daniels candidacy. But after a call from Governor Daniels to Ryan to give him a heads about his decision not to run, Ryan’s thinking about a run for President changed profoundly.

Hayes also reports that a Republican source close to Ryan, claims the Congressman is;

“coming around,” and adds “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.”

For its part Roll Call reports that the Congressman discussed the matter with House Speaker John Boehner when the subject of a spot on the Joint Committee on Deficit Reduction arose.

But Roll Call also reports that while Paul Ryan is considering a run for president he is unlikely not to run for the same reasons that held him back so far……….to avoid the fundraising and political demands that would keep him away from his family for extended periods. Another consideration for Paul Ryan would also be the possibility of losing the election and losing his influential position of the House Budget Committee where he is doing good and critically important work.

Much of the speculation about Ryan’s possible presidential candidacy arose from a talk show interview the Congressman conducted by Charlie Sykes, a Milwaukee based radio show host. That exchange went as follows:

Sykes :  “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 :  (laughing) “Why did you ask me that?”

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

Ryan :  “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.”

Ryan :  “Look, the way I see 2012 – we owe it to the country to let them choose the path they want our country to take. And I just have yet to see a strong and principled articulation of the kind of limited government, opportunity society path that we would provide as an alternative to the Obama cradle to grave welfare state.”

Sykes :  “Do you think that it is absolutely essential that there be a Republican candidate who is able to articulate…”

Ryan : (cutting Sykes off) “I do. Because this is how we get our country back. We do it through a referendum letting the country pick the path not by having a committee of 12 people pick the path or not by having just the inertia of just letting the status quo just stumble through by winning a campaign based on dividing people.”

Sykes :  You understands why people think that person should be you?.”

Ryan :  “Well, I keep hearing that. I’m hoping that people will step up and I’m hoping that somebody – I can help them fashion this. You know my story and you know my answer – and I haven’t changed it. We’ve got a long way to go. There’s 15 months left.”

The interview which was conducted last Tuesday, came before the official entry of Texas Governor Rick Perry, who as of today, according to a Rasmussen survey finds Perry the frontrunner in the race ahead of Mitt Romney by 11% and Michele Bachmann by 17%.

Whether or not Congressman Ryan believes that Rick Perry is the candidate who can offer the “strong and principled articulation of the kind of limited government, opportunity society path” that we need,  has yet to be seen, but either way, the Congressman can’t really wait much longer to decide. The very latest he can get into the game would be October. Anything beyond that will be placing any chance for the successful financing and organizing of a campaign a a great disadvantage that will be hard to overcome.

Much like Paul Ryan, my thinking about the Republican presidential race also changed “profoundly” when Governor Mitch Daniels decided not to seek the nomination. For me, Mitch Daniels was one of the best qualified people to address our predominant economic problems and was a candidate with whom a good campaign to defeat the President could have been built around. With Daniels out, and others like Sarah Palin not in, while I have found many things I liked about such people as Mitt Romney, I have not yet  been confident enough to throw my support behind any of them. But that will not be the case if Paul Ryan runs. If Ryan runs, White House 2012 will have itself a Ryan 2012 correspondent in me.

Paul Ryan represents the true future of the G.O.P. and as a fiscally responsible leader he is just what America needs. He is a new generation Republican, one who works from the premise of what is best for the nation, not for his poll numbers. That kind of thinking may not win a him the nomination through the type of popularity contest that is today’s politics, but it is the type of honesty that American voters should welcome and demand.

At some point one must stand behind what they believe in not just what they think will win. And beyond any shadow of any doubt, I believe in Paul Ryan , therefore if Ryan does decide to run, win or lose, I will be behind him either until he wins the nomination and the presidency or ends his campaign.

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Is Paul Ryan’s Path to Prosperity Also a Path to the Vice Presidency?

Bookmark and Share Few budget proposals that come out of Congress, ever offer significant change. Most federal budget proposals to come out of the Congress and the White House, tinker with things around the edges, but rarely do they ever strike at the heart of fiscal problems. In fact, budget proposals that come out of legislative bureaucrats, usually only exacerbate the fiscal problems and kick the can down the road for another Congress or the next generation to handle. But on April 5th, 2011, Wisconsin Republican Representative Paul Ryan, Chairman of the House Budget Committee, introduced to the American people a budget proposal that not only meets the needs of today, but helps to make sure that the needs of tomorrow are met.

In November of 2010 voters gave House Republicans a mandate to shrink government, create sustainable, private sector jobs and to cut spending. Now in one of the first real opportunities for the new Republican majority to show the American people that they got this message, took it to heart, and are serious about acting out in terms of the federal budget, Congressman Paul Ryan has stepped up to the plate for the G.O.P., and hit a homerun.

The budget that he has convinced fellow Republicans to support, cuts $6.2 trillion over 10 years, imposes a cap on discretionary spending, reduces the tax rate for individuals and businesses to 25% and gives states the flexibility to manage Medicaid rather than keeping it in the hands of bureaucrats in Washington.

Below this post you will find a video introduction to Rep. Ryan’s Path to Prosperity, a Republican attempt to control spending and put us ona path to prosperity and a balanced budget. The details can be found here.

In both the video and the details of the budget, what we see is a man who is passionate about the budgets ability to put America back on track and to save future generations from a crushing debt that will eventually consume every cent of each tax dollar they send to Washington. And in the video you see a man who is not angry, not using inflammatory political rhetoric or trying to demonize political opponents. He uses soft spoken words to explain hard hitting facts that tell the truth about sensitive issues such as Medicaid and other entitlement programs. From the perspective of a American taxpayer, what Paul Ryan says is legitimate and honest, but from a political perspective this video shows a man who possesses a mix of economic understanding, passionate beliefs and the ability to articulate and address the problems facing this nation and the solutions needed to address those problems.

That is why no matter who the Republican presidential nominee is and no matter whether he likes it or not, Paul Ryan will be on a short list of names to be considered for Vice President on the 2012 presidential ticket. Ryan has already sworn that he is not running for President in 2012 and says he honestly does not see that in his future, but it would be futile for him at this time to state any objections to the number two spot for Republicans in 2012. If the call comes, the pressure is put on, and the political climate continues to echo the need for economic leadership, the times will dictate that Paul Ryan accept such an offer. For no man who truly loves their country can refuse to serve it when they are convinced that duty calls. And right now America calls out for the type of leadership and fiscal understanding that Paul Ryan brings to the table and possibly to the presidential ticket.

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Paul Ryan’s Republican Response to the State of the Union Proves To Be a Hit

Bookmark and Share On this night, while our President rightfully took center stage as he addressed the condition of our nation and plotted his plans for its future, another man demonstrated himself to be a sincere, respectful and effective spokesman for the loyal opposition that disagrees not with the forward direction for our nation to go in, but thepath to take in take in that direction.

In his response to the Presidents State of the Union, Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan had a significantly smaller amount of time than President Obama to make the case for Republicans. While the President took nearly 45 minutes to make his, and had a significantly larger audience paying attention to him, Congressman Ryan had a ten minute window of opportunity to achieve the goal of keeping peoples mind open to the Republicans approach to governance during the course of this next year. And he did it. (see his response below)

Ryans speech was a personable and compelling presentation not of the differences that Republicans have with Democrats but of the differences between Republicans and Democrats. Right off the bat, he brought to the life how the newly led Republican House began address to the issue of fiscal responsibility by cutting its own budget and adopting new spending restraints.

As Ryan continued, while he laid blame for the budget deficit that he described as the greatest problem we face today, at the feet of both political parties, he convincingly argued for the type of fiscal responsibility that he, as the Chairman of the House Budget Committee will fight for and needs our support in.

He contrasted the intended economic path that he and his Republican colleagues wish to plot for us with that of the record levels of spending that President Obama and the previously Democrat controlled Congress took us on.

Ryan held the President and Democrats accountable for trying to pass off reckless spending as effective economic investment. He held the opposition Partys feet to the fire on a healthcare reform mandates that businesses and unions allover the nation are seeking waivers from in an attempt to avoid crushing bureaucratic expenses that will break their backs.

Congressman Ryans speech was one which brought to light many of the reasons for the current state of nation and impressed upon all Americans that the issue that is currently to our greatest detriment is looming debt. He reminded us that while nations like The U.K., Ireland and Greece have already succumbed to the fallout of massive spending and spending, the United States has not yet fallen into the disarray that they have but is about to.

But through all the facts and through all the generalities which he used to paint a picture of how Republicans intend to lead us while working with the President, it was Ryans presentation that helped carry his message over the finish line. Paul Ryan was articulate, passionate, confident and with a look that was straight in our eyes, he offered the G.O.P. a response that was convincing and to be proud of.

One of the most memorable lines of the night, of either speech given,while offering a contrast between the different roles that Republicans andDemocrats see for government in our lives, Ryan politely but powerfully stated;

“Limited government also means effective government. When government takes on too many tasks, it usually doesnt do any of them very well. Its no coincidence that trust in government is at an all-time low now that the size of government is at an all-time high.”

That line was typical of those that that Ryan responsibly articualted as he reinforced the guiding principles behind Republican policy intentions. Another memorable quote presented itself when Ryan reminded us that it is no coincidence that Americans trust in government is now at its lowest as government is at its largest.

In the end, the Republican response to the Presidents State of the Union will not get the mileage that President Obamas speech will for him and the agenda he put forth for our nation, but it has helped keep many American minds open to the Republicans legislative approach to improving our economy, especially under Ryans leadership as Chairman of the House Budget Committee.

Paul Ryan has made it clear that he does intend to run for President and it is safe to say that he wont be on the top of the ticket in 2012. However, after tonight, Paul Ryan is very likely going to be on the short list of vice presidential options for the man or woman his at the top of the ticket.

Despite the charade of some Democrats sitting in the Presidents audience with some Republicans, the undeniable political and ideological divide that exists in Congress as well as with in the hearts and minds of American voters, will not allow for democrats to praise Paul Ryans response. Indeed Republican partisans may at most only provide President Obama with polite passing words. But within the existing partisan divide, Congressman Paul Ryan was able to deliver a partisan message in a way that allowed many to see him as very viable bridge in that political divide.

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Rep. Paul Ryan’s Star Rises Just in Time for the 2012 Presidential Race

Bookmark and Share After President Obama delivers his annual State of the Union address, Republicans will respond in a speech that they have chosen Wisconsin Representative Paul Ryan to deliver. Ryan was chosen due in large part to the emphasis that the GOP wants to place on the national economy and issues such as the growing federal budget, spending and the national debt, all issues which few elected officials are as qualified to address as Paul Ryan is.

In addition to being a fiscally responsible deficit hawk, Ryan is the new chairman of the House Budget Committee, a position that makes him one of the most powerful men in government today. For Republicans, choosing Paul Ryan to respond to the President’s address is a wise one. Ryan is passionate about economic issues, especially when it concerns, smaller government, less spending and paying off our debt. He is also a man who does more than just offer talking points and criticism. He is a man of action and idea. In 2010 he put forward his own economic roadmap for America, a plan which he stands behind and which the G.O.P. would also be wise to unite behind.

Giving Ryan the national spotlight by having him issue the response to the President, confirms that Ryan is not only qualified to address the fiscal issues that the G.O.P. wants to focus on, but that Ryan is also a figure that people can trust and whom can articulate the cause convincingly and effectively. These are qualities that one looks for in a President and Ryan’s possession of these qualities is one of the reason why he is included in White House 2012’s list of contenders.

It is why he has nearly 13,500 fans than one of Ryan’s fans created for Facebook on a Ryan For President Facebook page. In fact after Rep. Ryan went face to face with President Obama and sparred with him over Obamacare in 2010, many blogs and articles such as this one in Red State, touted the future presidency of Paul Ryan.

But the Congressman quickly tried to put such talk to rest. The Weekly Standard once reported that at a fundraiser in In July of 2010, when asked if there’s any chance he would run for president, he replied “No, no there isn’t,” and added “I want to be a normal person,”. He then went to say, “Other people can run for that thing.”and then, while pointing to one of his young children, said; “Other people can’t do this”.

In February of 2010, told a Wisconsin television program host, “I’ll give you as Shermanesque a quote as I can,” said Ryan. “I am not going to run for president. I’m just not going to do it. My head’s not that big, and my kids are too small.” He added I am young and am not going to be a career politician. The complete interview can be viewed here. Later that same week in a Real Clear Politics interview reasserted that position but he did state that he would not rule out a 2012 run for the United States Senate against Democrat incumbent Herb Kohl.

Such a run would probably be more realistic than a run for President by the 40 year old Congressman at the moment, but people still hold out hope for seeing him in the Oval Office and if not in the Oval Office, than at least on the ticket as Vice President. In fact, one website suggests such a thing with Chris Christie running at the top of the ticket and Ryan holding the number two slot.

But while hope and speculation about a Ryan run for the White House make their rounds, it is worth noting that a 2012 run for the senate or on the GOP presidential ticket, would cost him his critically influential role in Congress as the House Budget Committee chairman, a position that few are more up to than Ryan. As for who Paul Ryan does look towards when considering the presidency, the budget conscience Congressman points to Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels and says; “He would be a great president,” He told the Weekly Standard “He looks like your accountant, but that’s not so bad maybe.” That assessment is founded on Ryan’s focus on the budget and his faith in his own economic roadmap, a major consideration which led him to say; “Are there [other] people who right now know these issues, have the principles, have the courage of their convictions, and are willing and able to defend them? Nobody comes to my mind,” But he added that “any one of these guys” interested in running for president could get up to speed on the Road Map.

Presidential politics aside, for now, after announcing Ryan as the man who will give the GOP response to President Obama’s State of the Union, Republicans should be pleased with the fact that our Party leadership is wise enough to acknowledge the fact that Congressman Ryan is the right man to take the lead on the budget and the economic issues facing us. And we should also be mindful that if Paul Ryan does indeed not participate in the 2012 presidential as a candidate himself, we should try to make sure that our ultimate nominee embraces Paul Ryan’s thinking and leadership on fiscal responsibility.

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