Rep. Paul Ryan
, R-Wisc., is currently mulling over a run for the White House. He has been quietly meeting with strategists for the past three months and is on vacation in Colorado discussing the matter with his family, The Weekly Standard reports
“With Paul, it’s more about obligation than opportunity,” a Wisconsin Republican told the Standard. “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.”
Ryan is apparently unhappy with the current GOP presidential field. In a recent interview with Milwaukee talk radio host Charlie Sykes, Ryan was asked about the candidates after the Iowa debate and whether any 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?”
“We’ll see,” Ryan said according to the Standard. “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.”
“Look, the way I see 2012 – we owe it to the country to let them choose the path they want our country to take,” he added. “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.”
Ryan had hoped that Indiana governor Mitch Daniels would run and his decision not to caused him to reevaluate his own future. The Standard reported there have been many hints about a possible White House bin in recent months such as softening his public denials about running, being more open to the prospect in private meetings, and sending out a fundraising letter seeking money to run ads in Iowa.
“The DNC is attacking all of the candidates for their support of my Path to Prosperity budget,” Ryan wrote according to the Standard. “We have to fight back. With your support, I’m planning on launching a counter-attack to educate Iowa voters about the Path to Prosperity and how it’s the only plan currently on the table that saves Medicare.”
Regardless, Ryan spokesman Conor Sweeney told the Standard that the congressman has nothing to declare. “While grateful for the continued support and encouragement, Chairman Ryan has not changed his mind.”
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