Ryan's open to V.P spot
March 25th, 2012
11:36 AM ET
11 years ago

Ryan's open to V.P spot

Washington (CNN) – Republican Rep. Paul Ryan said he would “consider” serving in the No. 2 spot on the GOP presidential ticket in 2012.

But his response was surrounded by the obligatory “it’s not even something in my mind” and “I’m so focused on my job” lines.

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“I would consider it but it’s not even something in my mind because it’s a decision someone else makes at a later time,” Ryan said Sunday on CBS’ “Face the Nation.” “It’s a bridge I haven’t gotten close to having to cross so in the meantime I think it’s important to do my job.”

Ryan has risen to national prominence in his role as chairman of the House Budget Committee, becoming the point person for the Republican Party on debt and spending.

The Wisconsin representative, who closed the door to a potential presidential bid of his own early in the 2012 cycle, also said Romney is "on his way" to capturing his party’s nomination. The two met on Capitol Hill Thursday.

“I don’t know if I’d say he’s got it wrapped up,” Ryan said on “Fox News Sunday.” “He’s clearly on his way. I think he’s becoming the prohibitive frontrunner and I think the sooner we coalesce around a nominee the better off we’ll be. The prize is November, not this summer. I think it’s coming together, but I’ll let the people of this country decide that.”

Filed under: 2012 • 2012 VP Pick • Paul Ryan
soundoff (196 Responses)
  1. Cam Spurgeon

    Look at those eyes. They almost roll in his head. His budget is as crazy as he acts and then of course he and Scott have that same moronic smile.Cmon Wisconsin you can do better than this.

    March 26, 2012 04:34 am at 4:34 am |
  2. Sam

    He is scary in more ways than one...He is scary to look at physically and his policies are even scarier! I hope he does become the VP nominee and all in all that ticket would lose hopefully!

    March 26, 2012 06:40 am at 6:40 am |
  3. Cortanis

    I have one question about all the candidates. Why don't we have a 100%, this is who I'm running with choice for the vp spot for each of the candidates yet? Let's keep in mind that their is a big difference between getting a Dick Cheney vs. a Joe Biden here. The VP spot will speak as much about the candidate and their possible future administration as much as the issues that they're touting on the road.

    March 26, 2012 06:53 am at 6:53 am |
  4. johnmenacherjr

    If Wisconsin rejects this guy which is very possible why on Earth woyuld anyone want him in the VP slot??? Thats a heart beat away so to speak. The man is a big nothing and does nothing for his own district or Wisconsin for that matter. He also seems to be driven by hate. Hate of the working class that electedhim in the first place. By the time this could happen his head would probably explode from expansion in his own mind!

    March 26, 2012 06:57 am at 6:57 am |
  5. taylor

    He is a blight on the whole Irish race.

    March 26, 2012 06:58 am at 6:58 am |
  6. Jt_flyer

    They'll scurry from rock to rock.

    March 26, 2012 07:19 am at 7:19 am |
  7. Evangenital

    ryan, so cute but so perverse.

    March 26, 2012 08:03 am at 8:03 am |
  8. CJ

    Wow, this guy's got some ego.

    March 26, 2012 08:08 am at 8:08 am |

    Run for cover. Romney & Ryan are out to finish off the middle class once and for all. They're going to pick up right whewre Bush left off.

    March 26, 2012 08:09 am at 8:09 am |
  10. John

    Just as bad as Picking Saran Palin. The Republican are making more like a Circus all the time.

    March 26, 2012 08:10 am at 8:10 am |
  11. Crazy GOP

    He can't even do the job he has now.......go sell shoes, buddy.

    March 26, 2012 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  12. Eli

    It's always interesting to hear libs and their liberal friends in the media talk non-stop about the "circus of candidates in the GOP field." Where was their concern about the joke of a field of candidates for the Democrats in 2008?

    Who were the final three Democrat candidates in 2008?
    -John Edwards- He fathered a child with a campaign supporter and will soon be headed to jail for stealing campaign funds from supporters to hush up the baby mama.
    -Hillary Clinton- She road her husband's coattails for decades and looked the other way as he slept with anything that moved.
    -Barack Hussein Obama- Quite simply, the most inexperienced person ever to be elected president.

    March 26, 2012 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  13. Sumguy

    It cracks me up to read the obviously Liberal posts on this board that speak as though they represent the entire country.
    It's almost like it doesn't matter that over 40% of the country identifies themselves as Conservative. Oh, and by the way, 21% identify as Liberal. So, when you make your comments about a obviously Conservative potential VP, you may want to keep those percentages in mind. Based on numbers, If any candidate in the U.S. is to be considered radical, it would be the "Liberal" candidates.

    March 26, 2012 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  14. MakeThemEatCake

    He did say that he feels that Romney is "on his way' to the republican nomination but what if he is not?. Will he be the VP choice of any of the potential GOP candidates?

    March 26, 2012 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  15. J

    We can't have Howdy Doody as Vice President!

    March 26, 2012 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  16. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    He'd be better off being Dick Cheyney's caregiver or GWB's hunting parthner! Or perhaps he could go over to Alaska and point out Russia to Sarah Palin!

    March 26, 2012 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  17. Joel Miller

    Ryan comes from a largely conservative but working class district. He has completely betrayed his constituents. Of course he wants a VP slot. This is his 15 seconds and he knows he could very well be toast in the upcoming Congressional elections.

    March 26, 2012 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  18. Taran

    @Eli and Truth and nothing but the Truth,,,both of you are spot on.

    March 26, 2012 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  19. Chedar

    God forbid!

    March 26, 2012 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  20. Bob

    "VP Announcement"?!?! – nice headline, CNN – im sure you can find hundreds of republicans who would "announce" that they would "consider" the VP position. Great job of getting this "scoop," CNN!

    March 26, 2012 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  21. The Real Tom Paine

    I hoope he does run as the VP. All you have to do is run clips of Romney's flip-flops, coupled with Newt's comment about Ryan's " Conservative Social Engineering", and you realize you have a party with no moral core and no soul who do the bidding of billionaires who have multinationals handed to them by their parents: will they be working for you, or for said billionaires? People need to ask themselves if they want to have a voucher that would not cover an ER visit be given to them courtesy of Paul Ryan, or if there is something better? Ask them if they want to subsidize the 1% with even more tax cuts, while the rest of us struggle to keep the homes we've worked for all our lives? Romney and Ryan are a dream ticket for the Democrats, since they embody every negative stereotype people have about Conservative Republicans in one smug, arrogant package ( and their " success" is not something we envy). If Romney and Ryan want to make a Faustian bargain and join together, its fine by me, since neither of them can handle the heat we will bring on them.

    March 26, 2012 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
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