Its official, after many months of speculation, US Representative Paul Ryan (WI-R) has decided that he will not run for President in 2012. With so many others dipping their toe in the political GOP Presidential field but not yet committing like former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, former NY Gov. George Pataki, NJ Gov. Chris Christie, the fiscal conservative Ryan has decided not to run, this time.
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
However, the 41 year old Paul Ryan has his entire political career ahead of him. He is is economic and debt cutting expert of the GOP who had the courage to put forth a plan and show leadership to take paying down the debt head on. Something that even the POTUS has not done. I am a fan of Paul Ryan and look for him to run for President in the not too distant future. However, I tend to think, as does the Lonely Conservative, that Ryan’s best place for the GOP and the USA is in the House. This is a good call on Ryan’s part, he has some unfinished business with America’s long term debt burden and after the 2012 election, his efforts to make the US fiscally responsible will make him a star.
For Ryan, being president has never been a lifelong ambition. His consideration of a presidential bid came not because of any desire to be president and, in many respects, came in spite of his inclinations against one. Ryan has hoped that he might play the role of Jack Kemp to the next Ronald Reagan.
Let’s just say this … the GOP stable of future Presidential candidates is packed. The list includes, Paul Ryan, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Nikki Haley – Governor of South Carolina, and US Senator Marco Rubio, FL are the future of the GOP. And what a future.