Paul Ryan as GOP vice presidential candidate? He doesn't say no (+video)
GOP budget-meister and Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin gave a nondenial when asked Thursday if he's interested in being the vice presidential candidate on the 2012 Republican ticket.
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Representative Ryan is among the GOPâ€™s most prominent members of Congress, given his role formulating the Republican response to President Obamaâ€™s latest budget proposal. At a Monitor-hosted breakfast meeting with reporters Thursday, Ryan, the House Budget Committee chairman, called the Obama administrationâ€™s 2013 budget â€śextremely disappointingâ€ť in that it proposed a â€śpaltryâ€ť $400 billion in deficit reduction over 10 years, after accounting â€śgimmicks and tricksâ€ť are stripped away.
About running for vice president, Ryan said that â€śis somebody elseâ€™s decision. It is a long time from now. It is kind of like a bolt of lightning striking you. So what is the point of thinking about that?â€ť His nondenial of interest continued, â€śI am really busy.... We are in budget season, so I am just consumed with the budget stuff. I would cross that bridge when I got to it, if it ever came. So I really just donâ€™t know, because I donâ€™t think about it.â€ť
Ryan, who was elected to Congress in 1998 at age 28, hails from an influential swing state and has proven his ability to get elected in a district that voted in national presidential elections for Michael Dukakis, Al Gore, Bill Clinton, and Barack Obama. â€śI donâ€™t come from the ruby red area of America,â€ť Ryan said.Â
The authoritative "Almanac of American Politics" writes that Ryan "is regarded as an intellectual leader in the GOP for his unrivaled influence on fiscal matters."