Top Republican says Paul Ryan should run for president
May 23rd, 2011
04:16 PM ET
12 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. Larry L

    Another elitist with solutions for making life easier for the wealthy. His plan to destroy Medicare exemplifies the Republican approach to government – big bucks for insurance companies and big bills for the elderly. He's being groomed to deliver the Tea Party message in a better-looking package than the usual right-winger screaming at cars on the freeway.

    May 23, 2011 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  2. Roscoe

    Yeah, he should run for president. I didn't think anyone could get fewer votes than Bachmann but he might.

    May 23, 2011 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  3. Carlos Enrique Queso aka Chuck E. Cheese

    Yea, he should run. It would be the only way to dispel the myth of this quack

    May 23, 2011 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  4. FactCheck

    Four and the Door: The Democratic Administration and congress spent us into a $14 trillion rut and are asking for more with no strings attached.

    I have to ask, were you born stupid or do you have to actively work had at it? The debt was at $11 trillion wehn you buddy Dubya left office. Of the other $3 trillion, nearly all of it is for Iraq and Afghanistan... or do you prefer that we just leave our soldiers out there to die?

    May 23, 2011 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  5. they call me "tater salad"

    Cantor is a putz, and Ryan stands a better chance of being struck by lightning than winning ANYTHING at this point!.........NEXT!!

    May 23, 2011 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  6. Marjee123

    Is Eric Cantor off his meds. Or was he never not on them. Of course coming from Farwells neck of the woods who knows what he'll say next. I am so glad my post are so outrageous they have to be moderated. When CNN lets four and the door post his crap all the time. I wonder how much he gets paid by the GOP for posting.

    May 23, 2011 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  7. Sgt Joe

    Sure, keep going against what most Americans have expressed they want; I see big losses for the out-of-touch GOP. Liking it.

    May 23, 2011 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  8. Russ

    I can just hear the conversation between Ryan and Cantor. Eric says hey Paul why don't you run for President. Paul says do you think I have a chance? Eric says, well there is a lot of strong GOP contenders, wink, wink, but so far you're the only one that at least had an idea now that Trump quit on us. Paul says, yea but I'm getting a lot of flack for my idea. Eric says, yea but at least you have an idea. Paul says Ok, I'll think about it.

    May 23, 2011 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  9. thomas

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

    Eric Cantor has just confirmed what we knew all along, He's Nut's !
    Why dose Cantor still speak like he never left Mr. Rodgers neighbor hood ?

    May 23, 2011 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  10. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    Translation, Cantor wants Ryan to run for President to let the wind out of his sails and remove him as a potential rival for the new Republican positions of Minority Leader and Minority Whip after the 2012 elections, when both he and Cryin' John will be fighting to keep their jobs. Now if only the Democrats have the intestinal fortitude to not elect Nancy Pelosi as Speaker, again.

    May 23, 2011 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  11. rhumba

    Cantor needs to sit down with Jon Stewart again. That interview was the only time that Eric Cantor has ever answered a question truthfully. He usually just says whatever the party tells him to say. Right now they're telling him to side with that right wing nut Paul Ryan. Those of you who say that he's right and telling the truth about his medicare plan are obviously like him,not old enough to understand what the truth is.

    May 23, 2011 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  12. John

    The trouble with the Republican, Is they never Listen to the American People. All you Republican that had town hall meeting during your break. Everyone of them was told what the American people thought of Paul Ryan Plan, Even Paul Ryan himself. And you Republican In the House of Congress till when a head and voted for It any way. So now you are cutting your own throat, and you may all be gone In 2012.

    May 23, 2011 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
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