Ryan returns to Washington
November 7th, 2012
01:08 AM ET
1 year ago

Ryan returns to Washington

Boston (CNN) – Mitt Romney's running mate will return to Washington in January even though the Republican presidential nominee and Paul Ryan lost their bid for the White House.

The 14-year lawmaker won an eighth term representing Wisconsin's 1st Congressional District, which is located in the southeastern part the state near Lake Michigan and includes parts of Milwaukee County.

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When CNN projected him the winner Tuesday night, Ryan had a comfortable lead over Democrat Rob Zerban, who tried to cast his opponent as largely absent from his district while he campaigned for vice president.

For nearly 13 weeks Ryan campaigned aggressively around the country after joining the Republican ticket on August 11.

Wisconsin law allows Ryan to serve as his party's vice presidential nominee and also run at the same time for an eighth term in the House.

Ryan, who serves as chairman of the House Budget Committee, ran a number of television ads for his House re-election bid.


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soundoff (55 Responses)
  1. Woman In California

    As I said earlier, I'm not going to say anything negative TONIGHT about Ryan or Willard.

    Having said that, I just got through watching Willard give his concession speech and I was quite impressed at the crowd's respectful attitude about his loss. Tonight, they seemed to truly acte as though they can NOW accept the president (time will tell). On this comment, I will say thank you Jesus this campaign is over and the Romney's can NOW go home.

    Obama/Biden 2012-2016
    God Bless America – the beautiful.

    November 7, 2012 01:13 am at 1:13 am |
  2. Thomas

    Humbled !

    I hope !

    November 7, 2012 01:27 am at 1:27 am |
  3. dewey

    He's a joke. Get him out of Washington.

    November 7, 2012 01:45 am at 1:45 am |
  4. Thinking Texan

    "Ryan, who serves as chairman of the House Budget Committee, ran a number of television ads for his House re-election bid."

    Romney may not have written a concession speech, as he claims. But Lyan Ryan had plan B ready.

    November 7, 2012 02:11 am at 2:11 am |
  5. Darla (Edmonton, Canada)

    I'm disappointed Wisconsin ... Ryan doesn't speak for the middle class of your state.

    November 7, 2012 02:17 am at 2:17 am |
  6. MC

    Funny. Mitt claims not to have written a concession speech, but Eddie Munster ran for his seat as a backup!

    November 7, 2012 02:46 am at 2:46 am |
  7. fekt

    I've already heard so many times how Paul Ryan comes out ahead in all of this. I fail to see that. I see what was supposed to be a numbers guy an intellectual who lied time and again and was caught lying time and again. A guy who said he's a numbers guy but his numbers never added up or more to the point never existed to the begin with. I saw an empty suit who would smile and look you in the eye and say whatever he thought sounded good at the moment regardless of whether it was true or not. I'm sure alot of others saw the same thing. Paul Ryan only hurt his future chances. Now everyone already knows what to look for when he speaks, the truth and where they'll find it is somewhere else.

    November 7, 2012 02:47 am at 2:47 am |
  8. Shah

    Good luck Ryan!

    November 7, 2012 03:12 am at 3:12 am |
  9. JimfromBham

    To some extent, tonight's election results reflect a backlash against the Tea Party's harsh attitudes. Unfortunately, we will not rid ourselves of the Tea Party until local Congressional Districts eliminate their personal Tea Party ideologues such as Bachmann and Ryan.

    November 7, 2012 03:14 am at 3:14 am |
  10. J.V.Hodgson

    In view of the whole result outcome Presidential, Senate and House I remain extremely concerned that the right wing tea party element of the GOP will remain consistently intransigent and no compromise.
    QED Obama will have to say and follow thru with any legislation that does not meet his AJA objectives and Income taxes on the rich and corporate tax cuts funded by loophole closing and withdrawing tax breaks = the fiscal cliff solutions take effect and the Bush tax cuts expire and the budget act is implemented.
    It is not a debate about whether the House of Representatives can defeat the Senate ... the ultimate power rests with the President and he says already during the election he will nott compromise and send me such legisaltion and I will Veto it. Dear Mr Boehner that will represent a version of leadership you say Obama DOES NOT HAVE that will PUT REPUBLICANS OUT OF POWER FOR THE NEXT 12 YEARS BECAUSE YOU WILL HAVE CEASED TO BE THE GRAND OLD PARTY OR THE GOVERNMENT OF THE PEOPLE... The latter being the most critical point.
    Regards,
    Hodgson.

    November 7, 2012 03:44 am at 3:44 am |
  11. BD70

    Well that is a shame. Maybe next time.

    November 7, 2012 04:10 am at 4:10 am |
  12. LtButRt

    George H.W. Bush was talking about the financial philosophy of Rep. Ryan several years ago...Voodoo Economics!....America dodged an economic bullet last night.

    November 7, 2012 04:22 am at 4:22 am |
  13. Gurgyl

    My love to my PRESIDENT–with tears of happy ness,.

    November 7, 2012 04:44 am at 4:44 am |
  14. Logic N LA

    A system where citizens are asked to donate for a man to get and then keep a job is laughable. The fact that so many men and women ubscribe to this is said.
    If you are looking for a job, write your Congressman or Senator or even the President and ask for a donation to help in your search.See what you get back.

    November 7, 2012 05:20 am at 5:20 am |
  15. Takeanotherlook

    The Current President is the best case for getting us OUT of the War in Afghanistan and having a Peace time bonus without WAR in the near future. Force all these mooch defense contractors to come back and work on the American Infrastructure and rebuilding our country. Hope their is some Reconciliation amongst th parties and hope that we have seen our last super Pac commercial as well. At least we won't hear from the special interest for another 4 years or so..maybe never again..

    November 7, 2012 06:08 am at 6:08 am |
  16. MC

    He still can't do math, so he'll still be in charge of the budget, much like the ignorant creationists will be in charge of the science committee.

    November 7, 2012 06:37 am at 6:37 am |
  17. MarieMD

    Oh goodie, he is coming back to try to sink the country again but this time it's different lyan altar boy. We know they had to keep you quiet becaue you are way too much to the right.
    BTW – chistie wouldn't have helped either.

    November 7, 2012 07:04 am at 7:04 am |
  18. DC Observer

    For the sake of the Nation, I hope Mr Ryan continues his push forspending cuts and keeps the prssure on Obama – who has yet to pass s ingle budget in his Democratic Senate. Before his first term, Obama promised to cut the deficit; in this reelection, Obama once again promised to cut the deficit. Well, Mr president you cannot cut the deficit unless you pass a budget -- I, and 63% of Americans (eventhose that voted Obama) said that the deficit had to be cut -- raising taxes on those making over $250,000 funds the government for less than a week – so that lame "fairness rant" will not get this done. Hold fast Republicans – Obama must cut spending

    November 7, 2012 07:21 am at 7:21 am |
  19. Strangways

    as GWB said they got a "thumpin." maybe NOW they'll want to work with Dems to move us all forward. well... probably not.

    November 7, 2012 07:25 am at 7:25 am |
  20. linda

    The House will have to work with this President in the next 2 years or a lot of them will be voted out in 2014 in their elections......America spoke last night....if Obama won and the people are concerned about our economy like they say they are than the Republicans are going to have to reach across the aisles and work with this Administration or they will be out of a job soon....including Ryan.......

    November 7, 2012 07:31 am at 7:31 am |
  21. Scott

    THe status has not changed the political makeup is still the same. We will have 4 more years of grid lock. As long as Obama raises taxes and puts everyone into the poor housem the Republicans will not play, if he backs off taxes then the Republicans will talk. Bottom line the Republicans control what gets done in this country.

    November 7, 2012 07:55 am at 7:55 am |
  22. LIVs Out of America

    Paul Ryan is a spoiled, lying, cruel hypocrite, shallow ideologue TAKER, who has much more inherited money than intelligence or critical thinking skills. He and those who voted for him in the 1st Congressional District of Wisconsin represent America at a new low.

    Check the facts. Ryan is from a very wealthy old-school family that has made its money on government contracts. He took Social Security survivor benefits he didn't need after his father died. He never made a living in the private sector. His family helped buy him his House seat back in 1998. His "policy-wonk" economic numbers don't add up. I only hope that it is GOD's WILL that he suffer the same fate as Ayn Rand.

    November 7, 2012 07:58 am at 7:58 am |
  23. NoTags

    It's just my opinion, but I don't believe a person should be able to run for two federal offices at the same time. If Ryan wanted to commit himself to run for VP, he should have not been able to run for a House seat.

    November 7, 2012 08:10 am at 8:10 am |
  24. Wilson

    That sure was some strong koolaide.

    November 7, 2012 08:17 am at 8:17 am |
  25. Buckeye

    Where he'll be forced to make votes that will put him on record as being a non-starter for the 2016 Presidential election. The country is progressing, Paul is an old bigot trapped in a younger man's body. The GOP is heading for extinction unless it moderates considerably.

    November 7, 2012 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
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