Ryan going up with House re-election ads in Wisconsin
September 11th, 2012
04:06 PM ET
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Ryan going up with House re-election ads in Wisconsin

(CNN) - Rep. Paul Ryan begins running TV commercials Wednesday in his congressional district in Wisconsin as he seeks an eighth term in the House.

It's a race that the Republican vice presidential nominee wants to win, but a term that he hopes that he won't have to serve.

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Ryan's House re-election campaign Tuesday confirmed to CNN that the spots, the first ads this cycle, will run in the TV markets in Milwaukee and Madison. Campaign manager Kevin Seifert says the commercial "is the first in the series of ads that will be rolled out between now and November 6th by Ryan for Congress, and you can expect to see additional TV, radio and print advertisements."

Word of the ad was first reported nationally by Associated Press.

Ryan has represented Wisconsin's first congressional district, which is located in the southeast part of the state, for seven terms. He won 68% of the vote in his 2010 re-election.

Wisconsin law allows Ryan to run for vice president and his House seat at the same time, but if he wins both contests he can only serve one office.

Then Sen. Joe Biden of Delaware was in a similar situation in 2008. He was on the Democratic ticket as then Sen. Barack Obama's running mate, and he also ran for re-election to a seventh term in the Senate. Biden won both races, and resigned his Senate seat to serve as vice president.

Biden did run one commercial as he cruised to re-election. It was a minute long spot that went up in late October 2008, just before the election.

Then Sen. Joe Lieberman of Connecticut, who was Vice President Al Gore's running mate on the 2000 Democratic ticket, also ran for re-election to his seat in Connecticut. The Democratic ticket eventually lost the presidential contest, but Lieberman won re-election to his Senate seat.

Ryan's House re-election ads come in the same week as the Romney campaign goes up with spots in Wisconsin, a competitive state in the race for the White House.

– CNN Political Producer Shawna Shepherd contributed to this report

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soundoff (35 Responses)
  1. Sandy

    Getting ready for defeat.

    September 11, 2012 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  2. Lyin Ryan should be an Olympian

    Lyin Ryan with the hedge bet!!!!!
    There's that Ayn Rand ideology coming through. "Willard, I'm not all in, you're going down alone, I'm going to try to hold onto my Obstruction seat and fabricate more tall tales about my record".
    The stench of defeat is starting to permeate the R&R BOYS.

    September 11, 2012 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  3. Deb in MT

    Well, here's hoping he loses both.

    September 11, 2012 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  4. cali girl

    How about neither? No house seat, no VP, so nada

    September 11, 2012 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  5. HOLY TIGHTY WHITIES WILLARD

    That's very proactive of you Paul. You have no chance of winning in the Presidential election so you better fight for your current job.

    September 11, 2012 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  6. BLKMANinAmerica

    WOW so no double-dipping here right?

    September 11, 2012 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  7. Namejkane sfl a vote for the gop will cut your moms medicare and soc sec .can you afford to pay for them???

    It would be really funny if lyin Ryan lost his house seat for being such a lyin Ryan and we all know he's losing with romney the tax cheat ,and by the way ,can lyin Ryan please explain ,truthfully ,about the 60,000 dallar campaign donation from the casino owner in his home state for his help in getting another licence ,when lyin ryans name poped up in a federal investagation , Anderson please ???????

    September 11, 2012 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  8. LJH2012

    Ryan's trying to keep his day job because he knows he's not going to the White House.
    Hey Paul how about asking your running mate to release 8 more years of his Tax Returns.
    Vote Obama/Biden and a straight Democratic ticket!

    September 11, 2012 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  9. Ozzie

    Lyin' Ryan is so small minded and dangerous. Beware of him, folks.

    September 11, 2012 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  10. Marie MD

    Do the good people of Wisconsin know that your altar boy voted time and again against medical health care for first responders? If not, now you know. Is that a man who cares about our police officers, firefighters and regular folks who are dying or have died of cancer since 9/11?

    September 11, 2012 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  11. HOLY TIGHTY WHITIES WILLARD

    Hop on the (R)Bob Marshall of Virginia story Mr. Steinhauser. He stated "children with special needs are a curse from God for abortion."

    September 11, 2012 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  12. edog

    Don't quit your day job Ryan! Your not going to be VP of the USA.

    September 11, 2012 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  13. Logic N LA

    How can he legally run for more than one office at a time on the same ballot? This should be illegal. This not the same as putting your resume out to various companies. If he is elected to both spots, wisconsin will need to pay for a special election to replace him in Congress and this affects the taxpayers of his state and district.

    September 11, 2012 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  14. Boo

    This guy is PATHETIC.

    September 11, 2012 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  15. Strategic Bob

    He wants to re-win his Congressional seat because, otherwise, he will be out of a job. And he knows it.

    September 11, 2012 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  16. Bill from GA

    Gotta keep that Plan B active, paul. Plan A doesn't look to hopeful these days.

    You and you lies haven't helped mitts (and HIS lies) so much.

    September 11, 2012 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  17. Cam Spurgeon

    Got my fingers crossed they vote the liar out and when he and Romney lose he can go home and look for a real job.

    September 11, 2012 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  18. incredulous

    Let's hope he loses both races in November.

    September 11, 2012 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  19. Woman In California

    This is the only smart thing he's ever done because even he knows they can't win.

    September 11, 2012 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  20. thetruthandnothingbutthetruth

    lyin ryan! bless his heart!

    September 11, 2012 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  21. The Real Tom Paine

    Hedging your bets, I see.

    September 11, 2012 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  22. JM in NY

    They all do it, so it is not sign of him not thinking he isn't going to win. I hate that candidates can do it – as Biden/Lieberman and many others did. It seems like they should be "all-in" and not have this hedge. I know we'd be a lot better off if Lieberman was out of Senate after 2000! (and I'm a democrat).

    September 11, 2012 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  23. myviewis

    Of course, those who love spending our country into bankruptcy will say get rid of Ryan because he's the guy saying stop spending.

    September 11, 2012 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  24. Bill

    Tell this clown to go out and get a real job. What a loser.

    September 11, 2012 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  25. GI Joe

    ha ha ha ha ha He smells VP defeat. ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

    September 11, 2012 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
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