Rep. Ryan to head key 2012 RNC fundraising trust
September 23rd, 2011
12:20 PM ET
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Rep. Ryan to head key 2012 RNC fundraising trust

Washington (CNN) - Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, seen by many as a rising star among Republicans, was tapped Friday to head up a key fundraising group for his party ahead of the 2012 presidential election.

"I am delighted to announce the appointment of my good friend Paul Ryan to chair the RNC Presidential Trust," Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said. "Paul is a visionary leader for our Party and it is fitting that he play a crucial role in the upcoming election where our nation's future hangs in the balance."

According to the RNC's release, the RNC Presidential Trust is able to make "coordinated expenditures" on campaign costs in concert with the eventual GOP presidential nominee. The group can also coordinate staffing in cooperation with state Republican parties.

Ryan said Friday that his role in raising money for Republicans in the 2012 election would be essential in changing policies put in place by President Barack Obama.

"Americans struggling under the Obama administration's failed economic policies cannot afford another four years of high unemployment, unchecked government spending and record deficits and debt," Ryan said in a statement. "Raising the resources necessary to get out the vote in 2012 will be the difference maker in determining what kind of future we will have."

Ryan, who serves as chairman of the House Budget Committee, has received increased attention in the past several months for his role in crafting a controversial budget proposal that cuts trillions of dollars in federal government spending.

Ryan's name is frequently mentioned as a potential vice-presidential candidate. Ryan has said that he will not seek the GOP presidential nomination.

–CNN Senior Producer Kevin Bohn contributed to this report.


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soundoff (25 Responses)
  1. tstorm

    Republicans booing that soldier serving in Iraq is the last straw. I'm voting for Obama. Not one of these sleaze ball candidates even stopped the booing or said it was wrong. If Republicans hate our country so much then LEAVE!! Move to China! Conservatives should be familiar with that country since it's where they moved most of our jobs!

    September 23, 2011 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  2. My DOG has created more SHOVEL READY projects than Obama's Stimulus Plan

    "Americans struggling under the Obama administration's failed economic policies cannot afford another four years of high unemployment, unchecked government spending and record deficits and debt," Ryan said in a statement. "Raising the resources necessary to get out the vote in 2012 will be the difference maker in determining what kind of future we will have."
    You got THAT right!!!!!!!!!!! Let us know where to send the check!!!!!!!!

    Four more years of this nightmare and this country is TOAST.

    September 23, 2011 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  3. Bill

    This "rising star" will likely lose his House seat next fall.

    September 23, 2011 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  4. Positive

    And this tells you everything you need to know before voting for any Republican. They are going to follow Ryan's lead to destroy Medicare, ignore jobs, push the weight of the economic recovery onto the poor and middle class, destroy the EPA all the while catering to the wealthiest Americans.

    Vote out ALL Republicans in 2012 and keep them out until they can come to their senses and realize they represent more than 2% of the country's populations interests!

    September 23, 2011 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  5. GI Joe

    Reince Priebus - remove all the vowels and you get: RNC PR BS

    Paul Ryan wants to kill Medicare and Social Security (gee, he must be a republican). Throw away your freedom if these folks get control of any more than they have already. Voters being denied votes, re-working so republicans are favored in Pennsylvania, stripping women's rights away, what else do they want to do TO US? It's obvious they don't want to do anything FOR US - only their wealthy friends.

    September 23, 2011 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  6. John

    Paul Ryan Is going to be Lucky to win his seat back In Congress In 2012. He not Up and coming , he a Republican clown.

    September 23, 2011 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  7. Rudy NYC

    So, is this a super-PAC or what? The article only describes a "key fund raising group." Isn't it illegal for elected officials to be associated with a super-PAC in any fashion? Yes, it is.

    September 23, 2011 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  8. Scott

    @GI Joe

    That was classic. You're my new hero.

    September 23, 2011 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  9. BinFL

    It's funny how the Repubs use this guy as their boy king. Didn't his plan have in it that corporate loopholes needed to be closed but the corporate rate lowered and every Repub voted for it? I could have sworn that President Obama proposed that during the debt ceiling debate but then the Repubs/TeaP's went against it...what hypocrites! And I'm sure that most Americans are with Ryan on voucherizing Social Security (sarcasm!) When are these guys going to wake up to reality. They always claim "Country First" but we are all seeing that to them it's only Party & their Rich cronies/donators first.

    September 23, 2011 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  10. BinFL

    Correction...."voucherize Medicare" (although I'm sure Social Security it on their hit list also)

    September 23, 2011 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  11. bobden

    Ryan wants to take the money that I paid into SS and Medicare and gove it to bankers and to insurance companies.
    NO thanks.

    September 23, 2011 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  12. thomas

    Paul Ryan , The rising young stare on dancing with the crooks !

    September 23, 2011 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  13. Seattle Sue

    Can Paul Ryan ever look straight ahead? His eyes are always looking upward. Is he looking for the bolt of lightning that strikes liars?

    September 23, 2011 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  14. Positive

    What we can't handle is four more years of Republicans obstructing anything that the President tries to do to help the middle class and get this country back on track!

    September 23, 2011 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  15. d

    Paul ryan will be voted out! i will not vote for him...we in wi. will not tolerate any more bs from these elected officials. his plan is just plan wrong for our country..

    September 23, 2011 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  16. Aaron

    CNN listed all his "qualities" except for his plan to basically eliminate social security and medicare. Funny how those plans didn't make it to the story about how great the imbecile is.

    September 23, 2011 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  17. Anonymous

    Mr. Ryan is the bought and paid for political assassin of big banks and big money corporate america. He is the head " Tea Bagger". Like all of his counterparts he will go down in flames. We have all had enough of the rigged economic system that pors millions into lobbying to buy state, local, and federal politicians. I have a solution: Other than impeaching them all and going to a taxpayer funded election process only, I encourage a million dollar fine for every lie told by politicians. We will be in the black by next Tuesday. This corrupt system stinks.

    September 23, 2011 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  18. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    He is just a little punk!

    September 23, 2011 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  19. Rick McDaniel

    Well, at least he knows how to handle numbers.

    September 23, 2011 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  20. Mercker

    The problem with a party system, is that it takes away choice. You can't go against your party, so you're trapped. It's like changing religions for some people and that is why they vote against their own interest. The party system needs to go! Lets get rid of the religions too while we're at it. Think for your selves people, don't let these politicians and the media form your opinion.

    September 23, 2011 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  21. once upon a horse

    hopefully after 2012 Ryan will know how it feels to be amongst the unemployed

    September 23, 2011 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  22. NC

    I seriously doubt if Ryan will be reelected.

    September 23, 2011 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  23. Lisa P

    I guess it's nice that this guy is gaining national prominence because after this summer and especially last month he's toast in his own district.

    The thing I can't figure out is why the conservative "deep thinkers" keep lauding this shallow, conceptually and rhetorically limited partisan attack dog. Has conservativism in America really sunk so low that a know-nothing mouthpiece like Paul Ryan, who can't even answer questions about the simplest and most obvious problems with his plan for Social Security without screaming "Politics!" at the top of his lungs (and, of course, not answering the question), now passes for an intellectual in the GOP?

    We in Wisconsin are seeing the results of Ryan's sort of demagoguery.

    September 23, 2011 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  24. Marie MD

    What is this deep brow cretin going to do? Is he going to empower the rnc? Talk about choosing the wrong person to do anything with math snd numbers!! HD might nog have a job come 2012 anyway.
    So he and the pribius are good friends? Pair of losers!!!! The republikans are really screwed up!!!

    September 23, 2011 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  25. Republicans have dog shovel ready projects for brains

    Eddie Munster really wants people to send some money so his party can kill off programs that seniors use to help make ends meet?

    September 23, 2011 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |