Ryan to Iowa as he keeps 2016 'options open'
March 5th, 2014
01:02 PM ET
9 months ago

Ryan to Iowa as he keeps 2016 'options open'

Washington (CNN) - Rep. Paul Ryan's heading back to Iowa.

And he's telling CNN that he's keeping his "options open" about a presidential run.

The Iowa Republican Party announced Wednesday that the House Budget Committee chairman and 2012 GOP vice presidential nominee will headline the party's major "Lincoln Dinner" on April 11 in Cedar Rapids.

Iowa's caucuses kick off the presidential caucus and primary calendar, and any visit to the state by a potential White House contender sets off alarm bells with the national political press corps.

The move by the eight-term congressman from Wisconsin will only fuel more speculation that he's seriously considering a run for the White House in 2016.

Ryan was last in Iowa in November to headline a birthday party and fundraiser for longtime Hawkeye State Republican Gov. Terry Branstad, who's up for re-election this year.

"As our party's nominee in 2012, Paul Ryan brought a tremendous amount of new energy to our ticket," said Republican Party of Iowa Chairman A.J. Spiker. "As a congressman he's created a conversation about the budget that most in Washington are unwilling to have, and he's a proven leader armed with solutions to expand opportunity for all Americans."

Asked Wednesday on CNN's "New Day" if he's considering a bid for the GOP presidential nomination, Ryan said: "I'll get to that stuff later."

"I'm keeping my options open and I've decided that after this election, because we're in the majority here, I have responsibilities in the House of Representatives. I'm going to focus on those responsibilities, and after this session Janna (his wife) and I will sit down and give a really good hard look at this. Because we are keeping our options open and I'll figure that out later," Ryan told CNN anchor Kate Bolduan.


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soundoff (23 Responses)
  1. Sniffit

    LOL. Never gonna happen....but, of course, that doesn't mean Ryan has to stop living in a cartoon inside his head...

    March 5, 2014 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  2. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Where's Our $24 Billion?

    Your budget and your insensitivity towards the 47% will NEVER get you elected.

    March 5, 2014 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  3. luke,az

    This is the guy who was going to toss his mother off the train with respect to cutting Medicare.

    March 5, 2014 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  4. Sniffit

    "As a congressman he's created a conversation about the budget that most in Washington are unwilling to have"

    That's because his budget proposals were abject nonsense and only work if your calculator runs on unicorn farts and gnome hiccups.

    March 5, 2014 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  5. Sniffit

    "Your budget and your insensitivity towards the 47% will NEVER get you elected."

    Indeed...but it WILL get him a lot of wealthy donors.

    March 5, 2014 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  6. The Republican Party Is Dead To Me

    He doesn't realize how delusional he is. Someday he needs to do a through assessment of his reality. As far as the Oval Office goes, it's bleak.

    March 5, 2014 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  7. Lynda/Minnesota

    "Asked Wednesday on CNN's "New Day" if he's considering a bid for the GOP presidential nomination, Ryan said: "I'll get to that stuff later."

    Well, at the very least CNN can stop calling him a GOP presidential hopeful. He gives the impression that becoming President of the United States of America is not something he's going to spend a great deal of time seriously contemplating.

    March 5, 2014 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  8. Warren

    abject nonsense and only work if your calculator runs on unicorn farts and gnome hiccups.

    Perfect analogy. It's what he used to get those numbers.....

    March 5, 2014 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  9. Denise

    How'd it work out for Eddie Munster the first go round? Koch Brothers will invest in his campaign at their peril. What a total waste of hundreds of millions of dollars by Newt's PAC and the Koch Brothers. Talk about a bad return on investment. But, hey go for it, please!

    March 5, 2014 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  10. Gurgyl

    This idiot never be in WH. Toss Medicare today, tomorrow target is YOUR SOCIAL SECURITY, then your healthcare. Pathetic guy.

    March 5, 2014 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  11. Warren

    eight-term congressman 16 years this guy has been living off the country..

    March 5, 2014 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  12. jim knight

    there is an important show on msnbc at 9:00 pm
    thursday march 6th about why we went into IRAQ.
    Seems like Bush-Cheneeey have a lot of explaining to do.
    You will now understand why everyone knew they lied
    about Iraq and why so many of our sons and daughters
    were killled . I saw a preview and it will astound you too.
    MSNBC Thursday, 9:00 P.M. don't miss it.

    March 5, 2014 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  13. Joe Preusz

    No amnesty...Paul wants to sell out the American worker for a supposed labor shortage in the future. What a boob; Paul has sold us out to the Catholic Church (illegals fill their pews) and the Chamber of Commerce (30 silver coins) Shame on you Paul!

    March 5, 2014 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  14. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Where's Our $24 Billion?

    I don't care what kind of compromise you and Sen. Murray came up with Rep. Eddie Munster, but not extending unemployment benefits is heartless and evil. How do you call yourself a "Christian" or a "Catholic" when you don't look out for the least amongst us? Remember this when you stand before God to be judged: "And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God."

    March 5, 2014 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  15. GozieBoy

    Sorry, flyboy. You may be bright and have a killer workout regimine, but for president you are just a feathweight. Hillary would mop you all over the floor. Now, Ted Cruz, that's quite another story!!

    March 5, 2014 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  16. Tampa Tim

    We have a number of elected boobs in FL, but Wisconsin has one of the worst in this government dependent moocher, Paul Ryan. Welfare gave Ryan a lift when he was young, but now he wants to end most of the safety nets. Can someone give him a $3000 voucher and let him get health insurance from his favorite private company?

    March 5, 2014 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  17. salty dog

    Hey, Donna, me, really, here's your chance to see why I think your naive about Iraq, I sincerely hope you watch. I remember many high ranking officials with 20,30 years in retire, when asked if their unexpected retirement had anything yo do with a cover up, all you heard was "no comment " I think we know what that means. The look on the faces if those men,, said it all, they were not happy.

    March 5, 2014 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  18. salty dog

    Dutch, I remember someone asking Joel olsteen about that verse, he used it often in his early days, he has s new interpretation of it now, coward.

    March 5, 2014 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  19. Chris-E...al

    Dutch Bad news@ You got it buddy! it is easy for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than a rich man t0 enter the Kingdom ! So what 0bama is doing is really going to send us all to heaven.. ummm

    March 5, 2014 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  20. salty dog

    That's just another example if wealth rotting your soul, good luck Joel, am I to understand your mass wealth has broadened your perspective on Scripture?

    March 5, 2014 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  21. king

    aahhh little old innocent Ryan, come on folks you are looking at the biggest con man in the congress. his plea for folks to give up their interest, and give to big corporations so they can be held hostage in Russia is so laughable its sad. what is the repubs trying to do about the poor who are getting poorer and the rich who are getting richer, i thought their mantra was you cannot put pressure on the job creators, well the job creators have been loaded down with money for the past 5 years, yet i dont see that much jobs. no fools you need viable interest in demand for the so called job creators to invest their money hear in America, and not just get richer by investing in china. and dont start talking about tax cuts for the wealthy either because half of US corporations pay little or no taxes. big money items that will make them stay and invest here is obamacare, and infrastructure modernization, you will see companies busting down the gates of our shore lines to bring back their businesses to America.

    March 5, 2014 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  22. Tampa Tim

    He and Patty Murray come to a budget agreement, it passes both branches and the president signs it. When Hagel asks for an additional $20 billion for the military beyond the budget, Ryan accuses the president of gutting defense. He really missed his calling when he did not apply for a job at Fox.

    March 5, 2014 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  23. Steve

    "As our party's nominee in 2012, Paul Ryan brought a tremendous amount of new energy to our ticket." LOL! Ryan couldn't even get his own home state in line for the pathetic Romney/Ryan ticket.

    March 5, 2014 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |