Top Republican says Paul Ryan should run for president
May 23rd, 2011
04:16 PM ET
3 years ago

Top Republican says Paul Ryan should run for president

Washington (CNN) – House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan may have waved off a run for President in 2012 in his appearance on a Sunday talk show, but House Majority Leader Eric Cantor told reporters on Capitol Hill Monday he would like to see Ryan make a bid for the GOP nomination.

Assessing the 2012 Republican field after Indiana Republican Governor Mitch Daniels announced this weekend he would not run, Cantor said he thought the GOP candidates already in the race "are strong candidates," but he also noted, "it's early still. These campaigns will begin to focus as the primary season nears."

Pressed on whether he'd like to see Ryan run, Cantor said, "sure," and the number two House Republican went on to praise Ryan effusively. "Paul's about real leadership – that's what this public so desperately wants to do right now is they want to see Washington that will lead. They don't want to see individuals dismiss the current problems as something that we can just sweep under the rug."

Cantor also had direct message to the Republican presidential field, saying it's time for everyone to get on board and publicly push for Ryan's controversial proposal to overhaul Medicare. The House GOP budget, authored by Ryan, includes a plan to change Medicare from a program that directly pays for seniors' health care to one that would provide subsidies for people to purchase coverage from private plans.

"I'm looking for them to embrace our formula in the Ryan budget. I'm looking for them to embrace a leadership role that takes the tough positions," Cantor said.

Recently House Speaker Newt Gingrich labeled Ryan's proposal as "radical change" and "right wing social engineering," prompting a sharp and immediate backlash among House Republicans, including Cantor, who overwhelmingly voted for the plan last month.

Cantor and Ryan, along with House GOP Whip Kevin McCarthy, made up a group of House Republicans dubbed the "Young Guns." The three GOP leaders helped raise money and recruit candidates in the 2010 midterms and co-wrote a book last fall.

The Majority Leader also made the point that GOP candidates should look to House Republicans' policy agenda as the race heats up. "Our role in the House, again as Republicans is to set the bar. It is setting the bar for leadership. It is taking on the tough challenges; it is putting solutions out there. And it's trying to deliver results."


Filed under: 2012 • Eric Cantor • Paul Ryan
soundoff (62 Responses)
  1. Ryan

    Sounds like a plan to me. As a Democrat making the GOP plans to destroy medicare the central issue of 2012 is game winner. Here's the Dems taking the retaking the House as well as keeping The White House in a walk.

    May 23, 2011 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  2. Clwyd

    Fools love company!!

    May 23, 2011 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  3. HAD ENOUGH? 9% unemployment, massive foreclosures, $4-5/gal gas, $1.7 TRILLION deficits, $14 TRILLION debt, Obamacare, Libyan war, unsecure borders, illegal alien invasion, alienated allies, embolden enemies

    I wish he would run too. Anybody with a functioning brain on his shoulders would vote for him in an instant. He's honest and tells it like it is. He's got guts and brains. Complete opposite of gutless Obama that does nothing but blame others.

    May 23, 2011 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  4. Stacey

    yeah run so Obama can mop the floor with this moron!

    May 23, 2011 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  5. max

    Smell Republican desperation, they're afraid they'll get stuck with $arah and Newt.

    May 23, 2011 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  6. GrogInOhio

    Oh yeah... bring it on MediScare Boy!!

    May 23, 2011 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  7. Phil T. Listener

    Dumb and dumber.
    Maybe they could be running mates.

    May 23, 2011 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  8. once upon a horse

    ROFLMA!!!!!!! need I say more??

    May 23, 2011 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  9. Tony in Maine

    Well, he's probably smarter than Palin and less off the wall than Bachmann. He's not as mean spirited as Newt and he's a more startling shade of gray than Tpaw. I suppose that makes him the obvious choice.

    May 23, 2011 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  10. The Real Tom Paine

    The only result that will be delivered for Mr. Cantor will be him going back into the minority with what is left of his caucus after they get blown out of the water. By all means, push the Ryan Plan. Its already making my district (NY-26) go blue for the first time in living memory: if its going blue here, imagine what it will do in other "safe" GOP districts.

    They can run, but they won't be able to hide. They ticked off the one group you never want to, and thats seniors. The GOP managed to do that after being in power for less than 6 months.

    May 23, 2011 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  11. GOP = Greed Over People

    "Majority Leader Eric Cantor told reporters on Capitol Hill Monday he would like to see Ryan make a bid for the GOP nomination"

    So would the entire Democratic Party!

    May 23, 2011 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  12. Four and The Door

    I like Eric Cantor's strong show of support here and agree with his reason. Paul Ryan is a star. He gets it. He is one of few people in Washington who understand whose job it is to rescue America's financial situation. Apparently Obama and Harry Reid think it is just okay to push off the tough decisions on future generations. That is very weak and selfish at the expense of our country's future. Their position borders on incompetance.

    May 23, 2011 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  13. kakaraka

    Really? Seniors citizens, disabled and poors would be screwed forever in profit of big corporations and wealthy people if this clown of Ryan Paul become president. How dare is somebody who want to reduce income tax for the riches/big corporatiions and kill medicare, medicaid, foods stamps for the seniors, poor and disabled be president? He and other GOP wacoos are too extreme for the middle class families in America.

    May 23, 2011 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  14. ITALIAN NONNO

    Is there a bigger weasel anywhere in politics than Eric Cantor?.. He likes to lurk in the shadows, accepting payola from every lobbyist in Washington,..always looking for someone else to be the sacrificial lamb. His Ferret like smile is a treacherous, back-stabbing dagger to friend or foe.

    May 23, 2011 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  15. DIANA

    Please run and I hope you get the Republican nomination. Then you would know what the country thinks of you and your plan to kill Medicare. He probably won't even get the Republican nomination because even they think it's a bad idea.

    Run Paul Run.

    May 23, 2011 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  16. Kevin

    Oh man the reThug has no body, no plans, no solutions, no ideas, and no brains. Now, they want to throw Paul Ryan under the bus, Why do I say that, because they know that Ryan plan is garbage and it will never get anywhere. So, they know that they the reThug can't now come out and distance themselves from his plan, so here is their plan. Let push Paul Ryan to run for President and when the American people say no, then the reThug will come out against his plan. Pretty good idea reThugs, but only your party is stupid enough to believe the lies right in front of their faces. Yeah let Paul Ryan run for the Presidency, he will never get back into congress ever. Not bad, Not bad at all reThugliCan't GOBPer Purtid Fake Tea Scam, but American are educationed unlike you and we would never vote for this little reThug. Hahahahahaa It will be funny watching you get your butts kick again.

    May 23, 2011 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  17. John

    You Republican got to be crazy, Paul Ryan won't even win his seat In Congress In 2012. And they Is no way In heck Is he going to win to be President. That dumb Plan of his will put a stop on that. You Republican much think the American people are dumb or you just don't Listen what we say. We don't like His Plan and we Don't like him.. You Republican better wise up and stop thinking you are God or something. Because with this Plan all of you Republican In Congress Voted for will most likely lose your JOBS In 2012. See the Republican In the Senate are not as dumb as you In the House.

    May 23, 2011 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  18. BlackPanthers2020

    Apparently Ryan and Cantor are not listening to the American people , WE DO NOT WANT THE REPUBLICAN'S PLAN with all the fishy math , and the poor elderly and middle -classes are stuck paying for this while the top 1% does nothing to help with our countries financial woes , there's another way to balance this countries budget and it's called raising taxes , how come republicans seem to ignore what every economist is saying about this ,buy yet they are trying to convince everyone that this is the only solution in solving this issue .......good luck with that trying to sell us something that they would not take part in themselves !! GOP ( GREED OVER PEOPLE ) .

    May 23, 2011 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  19. vet in texas

    He won't run but will be picked by the weakest nominee for VP to boost their chances. This will fail due to Wisconsin, Ohio, NJ, union busting efforts (think of how many public employees that have been negatively effected and will vote accordingly), His epic failure of a budget proposal (just lost the precious senior votes), the AZ law backing (there goes the latino/asian vote), the NY mosque, Peter Kings panel, (there goes the muslim/arab vote), and how "nicely" some TPers were when the president was elected (remember the witch doctor pictures....there goes the black vote). So you have 90% of republican voters and only 30% of democratic voters show up in 2010, lets see what the other 70% and the disenfranchised voters that the loud, misleading rhetoric lost........the GOP has no chance of winning and they know it. They will squeeze penny out of some suckers to run and will loose miserably and in alot of debt. All their platforms that they have run on in the past 4 years have all been exposed.

    May 23, 2011 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  20. Diane P

    Pal Ryan will lucky to win his congressional race next year, there is no way he could win a National election! The GOP is grasping hard now, anybody please!!!!!

    May 23, 2011 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  21. Kevin

    Although I was looking for a real choice in the general election, I support Ryan's run. Instead of a good debate, I'll get a better show.

    May 23, 2011 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  22. The Real Tom Paine

    @ HAD ENOUGH? 9% unemployment, massive foreclosures, $4-5/gal gas, $1.7 TRILLION deficits, $14 TRILLION debt, Obamacare, Libyan war, unsecure borders, illegal alien invasion, alienated allies, embolden enemies

    I wish he would run too. Anybody with a functioning brain on his shoulders would vote for him in an instant. He's honest and tells it like it is. He's got guts and brains. Complete opposite of gutless Obama that does nothing but blame others.
    ___________________________________________________________________________________________________

    Depends on what species you're referring to. It seems pretty cold-blooded to tell seniors and the poor they are out of luck, but the Koch Brothers and GE get a free ride. As far as blaming others, I've heard Cons blame Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton for causing the financial collapse of 2008. It seems as though your peeps, who ran Congress for 12 years and the White House for 8, de-regulated everything they could with catastropic results. As far as Obama being gutless, I've got 3 words for you:

    Osama Bin Laden.

    Case closed. He's trying to keep his promises, and he's doing it with absolutely no help from people like that constipated weasel Cantor, who lies and dissembles whenever Boehner's back is turned. He and Ryan are true reptiles, only using their brain stems.

    May 23, 2011 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  23. Bill

    Speaking as a Yellow Dog Democrat, I really thought that the GOP establishment would turn on the light bulb once and radically change course once they took control of the House during the mid-terms. But apparently there's no intelligence left in the GOP establishment if they think that average Americans feel the same way as Tea Baggers. If the GOP soon doesn't move toward the middle with the issues taht mean the most to average Americans, the GOP is going to be in big trouble in 2013.

    May 23, 2011 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  24. Lorna

    Could these Republicans be any more TONE DEAF? We don't want you or your plan Mr. Ryan...as far as Eric Cantor goes, each and every time I look at him and hear the things coming out of his mouth all I see and hear is... all apologies to JRR Tolkein...Grima Worm-Tongue.

    May 23, 2011 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  25. ten

    You call Eric Cantor a top Republican???? This guy is a danger to America! This pair of "Rich Ko-Kos will destroy our way of life,and embarrass us to the "World" Two Do Knothings,big time! Be wise voters?

    May 23, 2011 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
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