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. marty

    Paul Ryan's budget is highly discriminatory, aimed at one segment of the population – those who genuinely need assistance.
    He makes no mention of the excess in Congressional wages, pensions, perquisites and lifetime amenities. Congress easily represents professional political welfare with many areas ripe for cutting back. Do it, Paul Ryan, or forever hold your tongue.

    March 25, 2012 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  2. BunnyBunny

    Paul Ryan is a hateful, mean, slimy, grandma killer, starving child kicker, pull the plug on grandpa. He is the Anti-Christ if there ever was gonna be one. He is Hitler light.

    March 25, 2012 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  3. clarke

    Well how about that.

    March 25, 2012 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  4. Attila, The Hun

    Typical response. Ryan would trample the next guy in line for a shot at VP. Good choice, they'll lose and he won't be in Congress.

    March 25, 2012 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  5. B

    Oh please..that will be the day- Ryan is a recipe to disaster!

    March 25, 2012 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  6. angryoldguy

    If Paul Ryan becomes V.P. (elected) I will leave the United States! The little monster's taste for $700 a bottle wine while attempting to cut us seniors off at the knees is as deplorable as it is disgusting! You fools who think his economic ideas such as "medicare vouchers" and reduced social security, I will gladly trade places with you for 3 months! If you can actually live on what I get now from Social Security and NO med insurance of any kind for those 3 months, I'd be more than amazed. This little idiot is so full of himself! You who do not live in his state do not know what he is truly like and would be very sorry to find out, unless like him, you also are a sociopath!

    March 25, 2012 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  7. 1twinsfan

    Even religious leaders have said the Ryan budget is cruel. We've got to stand up to these GOPers that only represent the rich and the corporations.

    March 25, 2012 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  8. bailee

    That's great news for all Senior Citizens and the Disabled!!! Just what we need . . . . the loss of our Social Security, Medicare, Disability, Healthcare insurance, and "OUR LIFE"!!

    March 25, 2012 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  9. Scef

    The repubs want austerity like the UK opted for. You see how well that is working, they are in their 2nd recession in 3 years. The EU is finally coming around to Pres Obama's position. They are instituting stimulus programs. Thanks to the Pres America is in much better shape economically then our EU allies. No thanks to the likes of Ryan, Romney and the rest who have already taken us to financial ruin Insanity is doing the same thing and expecting different results.

    March 25, 2012 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  10. Lainie11

    Love this guy! He'd make a wonderful VP, need more like him.

    March 25, 2012 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  11. They ought to change from the elephant to the hippo...

    Great. Take this loser guy and get his butt out of Wisconsin.

    March 25, 2012 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  12. diridi

    That's what you get out of this idiot's plan–ban Social Security, Medicare, Health Insurance, etc, Just vote all the Republican thugs of this nation out of offices in November. United we stand. God bless, Obama2012.

    March 25, 2012 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  13. GI Joe.

    Want to see what a Fascist (Corporatist) looks like? See picture above.

    March 25, 2012 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  14. GI Joe.

    Go ahead, it will assure an Obama landslide (ALL seniors will vote for President Obama).

    March 25, 2012 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  15. Johnny Bob

    I'ze done hope he's gets that there nominachian. I'ze bleed red republican blood, i do. I think them there rich folk done gots the best plan here for us unfortunates, ya hear. Now, all you'ze hippies and there big city liberbells gots to know that they'ze rich folk republicans no best for us, theyze rich cause thze smarter and done earned that money fairs and squares.

    March 25, 2012 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  16. steven harnack

    Well I guess that article in the Post that I read the other day about Ryan sure missed the mark. Turns out that he is just as venal as the rest. I knew there was a reason that he was flogging a plan that could only appeal to a sadist.

    March 25, 2012 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  17. SilverHair

    Worst of the worst

    March 25, 2012 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  18. sensible

    @Lainie11....you must not plan to live to retire....or you're rich! Otherwise, if Ryan has any say, there won't be any medicare(or social security)!....Oh, and he comes off as a pompas jerk.....must be your type.

    March 25, 2012 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  19. tyrammstein

    the article says he thinks romney is on his way to the nomination. and it says ryan is open to being VP..for whom? any of them? just romney? just santorum? a person chosen at the GOP convention??? if the GOP wants to solidify the base, ryna may be the choice. but if the want to win in nov..he will sink any ticket even more...

    March 25, 2012 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  20. Pander Bear

    Romney/Ryan 2012!! Kill everyone over 65! Starve the poor and pour me more Echezeaux Grand Cru. Corporations are people!!

    March 25, 2012 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  21. Anonymous

    Sounds like a slam dunk for the Democrats. The Dems should get 100% of the Senior vote because the GOP want to wack Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. These Tea Partiers attack Seniors, Minorities, Women, Gays, the middle class and less fortunate and attack the Enviorment "FOR PROFIT". Obama/Biden 2012

    March 25, 2012 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  22. s

    He is losser just like the rest of the clowns

    March 25, 2012 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  23. steven harnack

    Hey what could be more fair and better long range planning that the Ryan Plan? Only the people who actually have to work for a living would have to pay taxes and once they reach a level of wealth where they can live on the interest, they too will get a free ride. After a certain amount of time you are either wealthy or dead and America will truly be the promised land.

    March 25, 2012 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  24. Jerome

    OK, but if so the electorate will recall him like they're going to recall WI's Gov. Walker. Enough of these neofiscalfascists in office.

    March 25, 2012 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  25. joe

    Romney wouldn't be so stupid. Gingrich and Sanctorum might, however. They're both hell bent on self destruction anyway.

    March 25, 2012 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
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