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. Otonoh

    As a citizen of Wisconsin, My apologies. He hung on barely despite the huge amount spent to re-elect him. It is just like Bachman in Mn. It isn't the entire state it is a small part. Romney/Ryan didn't win wisconsin because a lot of Wisconsinites to see this little man on the ticket

    November 7, 2012 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  2. Cogito

    In other words, he's just another CAREER politician...the pox afflicting all our houses.

    November 7, 2012 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  3. Ferret out the BS

    Glad Romney is gone, too bad that Ryan is still in the house. Happy the President has another 4 years. The Republican house may not see this as a presidential mandate but it sure isn't a republican mandate either, the voters want the two branches to work together for the benefit of the country. Get off your ultra right butts and your ultra left butts, come to a consensus and let's get down the road and fix this mess.

    November 7, 2012 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  4. Ann Romney

    Ryan will continue getting a government paycheck.

    November 7, 2012 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  5. Wilson

    And so the division in this country continues to grow wider and wider, along with the racism.

    November 7, 2012 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  6. Tom Joad

    Ryan is emblematic of the demise of the GOP ( Grand Oil Party). His idiotic statement last week about Obama being a threat to the " Christian Values " of this nation was a self imposed death blow. Ryan should now take some time off and go hunting with Dick Cheney.

    November 7, 2012 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  7. Jim

    Wow! You guys let a person run for two offices at the same time? Only in America ;).
    But it is nice to see that Ryan had SO MUCH confidence in his VP bid that he felt a need to retain his House seat.

    November 7, 2012 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  8. Pat in IL

    It doesn't make any sense at all that he could run for both offices at once. I won't even mention the ethics of going behind the backs of the main stage and betting against himself. Just because something is "legal" doesn't always make it right.

    November 7, 2012 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  9. The Real Tom Paine

    When will he go and get a job in the private sector that he extolls all the time: oh, that's right, honesty and integrity are not values for devotees of Ayn Rand, but greed and power are.

    November 7, 2012 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  10. DENNA

    @ – Wilson

    And so the division in this country continues to grow wider and wider, along with the racism.
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    No Wilson. Actually America showed her grace last night by relecting President Obama. Racism didn't have a leg to stand on last night. Romney may have appealed to his base, but President Obama got the rest of America and that is good.

    November 7, 2012 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  11. Puddin

    I felt about Ryan like I did about Palin. God forbid either of them become president should something happen to either McCain or Romney had either of them become president.. Neither Ryan nor Palin is dry behind their ears, as the saying goes............in my opinion.

    November 7, 2012 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  12. SokrMom

    We'll get him next time. It's surprising how many people are swayed by beefcake photos and blue contact lenses...

    November 7, 2012 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  13. Brian

    This man is a cancer on our political system...literally. He actually spread during the eletion process to ensure we could not rid ourselves of his twisted religious vision of how our country should be reconstructed (or deconstructed).

    November 7, 2012 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  14. Expat American

    Murdoch = Akin = Ryan

    November 7, 2012 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  15. Randy, San Francisco

    A bitter and angry Ryan will return to Congress and lead the just say NO to everything GOP/Tea Party extremists.

    November 7, 2012 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  16. Wake up People!

    This is the same man talking about less government, yet he has been in Washington his entire life. He needs to go.

    November 7, 2012 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  17. scoto

    Amazing that anybody would think this guy with his 1950's Ayn Rand / religious extreme views could help Romney
    As one who actually has read Rand's awful writing the irony is that somebody like Ryan would have been despised by her. But I doubt Ryan actually did read her works.

    November 7, 2012 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  18. Don F.

    I was not aware that one could run for two federal offices at once. It would have been interesting if he had won both. I think it speaks volumes about his faith in the Romney/Ryan ticket chances.

    November 7, 2012 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  19. SEAL Team Alpha and Omega

    God bless the Obamas and Bidens in their next term in office. God bless them beyond belief and help them move America forward.

    In Jesus name, amen.

    November 7, 2012 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  20. Drew

    So Ryan gets to have his cake and eat it, too, apparently. One should not be able to run for two elected offices simultaneously. I realize that this apparently is the law in Wisconsin. Let's hope Wisconsinites make an effort to change the law. Why isn't Ryan going into the private sector to be a job creator? Because he's apparently incapable of doing so. He's a career politician who is a supreme hypocrite for criticizing those on the government dole. He's been on the government dole most of his life. And he's not afraid to go after stimulus dollars while criticizing the very program from which he's demanding handouts.

    November 7, 2012 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  21. nothing new here

    Ryan is a career politician, and a waste of the taxpayers money.
    I am just wondering how many times this clown will continue to waste time redefining "rape".
    But at least he lost the VP slot, and we all can breathe a little easier on that one.

    November 7, 2012 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  22. TAK

    Paul Ryan, Joe Walsh, Todd Akin, Eric Cantor and the remaining Tea Partiers are the main reason the Republicans performed so miserably in this election.

    The GOP needs to become a party of Fiscal Conservatives with dignity, compassion and sensible compromise. If they maintain their current shrill obstructionism mantra and social agenda, 2014 will be even worse for them.

    November 7, 2012 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  23. BDM

    Fair enough, Ryan can go back to being just one of the many voices in the menagerie known as the House of Representatives, and this time he can voice some ideas that will focus on working with the other party and other parts of the government. As for Romney... enjoy your time back in Massachusetts

    November 7, 2012 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  24. nothing new here

    scoto

    Amazing that anybody would think this guy with his 1950's Ayn Rand / religious extreme views could help Romney
    As one who actually has read Rand's awful writing the irony is that somebody like Ryan would have been despised by her. But I doubt Ryan actually did read her works.
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    You are absolutley correct.
    I have read Ayn Rand's books and studied her history. This woman would have NEVER approved of some cookie-cutter politician like Ryan. Nor would she have approved of flip-flopper Romney either.

    November 7, 2012 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  25. Voiceinthewind

    To bad, this kind of moronic thinking does not belong in American Politics or any politics except maybe communism like North Korea. Why dosen't he move to North Korea where he would be more at home and accepted by the communist party. We don't want him in American politics as was just shown in this election.

    November 7, 2012 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
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