Romney will win Wisconsin, Ryan says
April 1st, 2012
11:25 AM ET
11 years ago

Romney will win Wisconsin, Ryan says

(CNN) - Anticipating a win for Mitt Romney in Wisconsin, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan on Sunday predicted the contest in his home state would close the deal for the candidate moving forward.

“If Romney gets a big delegate count, which I think he'll get, we believe as conservatives we should coalesce around our nominee and focus on the task at hand, which is the fall election, and not drag this thing out,” Ryan said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

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The Wisconsin congressman, a big star in the GOP for his reduction-heavy budget plans, made headlines when he endorsed Romney on Friday.

On Sunday he argued the Republican presidential race would essentially be over if Romney pulls out wins in Tuesday’s contests in Wisconsin, Maryland, and the District of Columbia.

Ryan said the remainder of the race would be too much of an uphill battle for Romney’s main opponent, Rick Santorum.

“I think (Santorum) would need something like 82% of the rest of the delegates. That’s not going to happen,” Ryan told CNN Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crowley.

Following Ryan's endorsement Friday, questions quickly swirled over whether he could be a potential running mate for Romney. Asked Sunday about a potential GOP vice-presidential offer, Ryan said it was too soon to begin focusing on that process.

“I have no clue who that’s going to be, who that person is and where they come from. I don’t see the point speculating on all of that,” Ryan said. “We have jobs to do where we are. I have jobs to do as a budget chairperson. I’m focused on that. Let’s get this primary taken care of, then everybody can worry and speculate.”

Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Wisconsin
soundoff (23 Responses)
  1. Dave

    Yo, every poll shows The Prez up by nearly 20 % against Mitt. How come Rassmussen says its tied? What up with that?

    April 1, 2012 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  2. Wake up people

    Our intelligent President is going to wipe the floor and a few other places with ole Mittens. This guy is an idiot and even with all those millions he still can't buy a clue.

    OBAMA 2012!

    April 1, 2012 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  3. Dave

    Yo Wake up, word! all the money in the world wont buy him votes or a personality.

    April 1, 2012 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  4. marty

    Wisconsin voters are pretty savvy when it comes to politics, witness the recall vote of Governor Scott Walker. Paul Ryan may be a big GOP star for the Wisconsin's one percent, but his proposed cuts are hitting the working class in the same way as the governor's.

    April 1, 2012 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  5. diridi

    Mittens may be front-runner, because he is backed by Karl Rowe, Glenn Beck, Ann Coulter, Maureen Dawd, etc, the idiots of this nation., but loses big and worst than Sarah Palins, in Nov. Election. Obama wins landslide. Any one has brain, will never vote for another Rethuglican idiots. Bain-Capital...Ship jobs to China...o.k,
    PS: Nation needs Made In USA, and Focus on Agriculture, Energy independence, Oil-Free nation, ...o.k,

    April 1, 2012 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  6. Frank Cardenas

    Ryan: "we believe as conservatives we should coalesce around our nominee ... even though he is a world-renowned "flip-flopper"!!!! Shame on the "social conservatives" for supporting Romney. Didn't Jesus say, "what does it profit a man to gain the world but lose his own soul?"

    April 1, 2012 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  7. Mkmpp

    Instead of repeating 90% of ABC's questions from This Week, perhaps Candy should have asked Paul Ryan's how his budget is part of an "emerging bi-partisan consensus" when all Democrats and 10 Republicans voted against it?

    April 1, 2012 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  8. Cindy

    What qualifications does this idiot Ryan have to be the top economist of the Unites States? How can this jerk, just look at his picture, tell all the economists they are wrong and he is right? Oh, I forgot, he is working for Grover Norquist.

    April 1, 2012 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  9. Thomas

    Of corse Mitt Romney will win , just because the sun comes up doesn't mean it wont rain on the parade !

    Rick Santorum is too much of a loose cannon and has too short of a fuse.

    Mitt Romney / Scott Walker / 2012

    April 1, 2012 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  10. Four and The Door

    What qualifications does this idiot Ryan have to be the top economist of the Unites States? How can this jerk, just look at his picture, tell all the economists they are wrong and he is right?
    Paul Ryan has done an excellent job in the House creating the only budgets in Washington that actually reduce our national debt and save Medicare from financial ruin without raising taxes. He's a star for the American taxpayer now and into the future. He is the opposite of greedy politician. He works for the American people. All of them.

    Romney/ Ryan 2012! And all the Republican Senators we can put in office!

    April 1, 2012 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  11. B

    It really will not change anything in the long run as Romney the Robot is his own worst enemy with -Foot in Mouth disease.

    April 1, 2012 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  12. mark

    McConnell is the guy that lies to his voters in KY. He tells broad face lies to his followers and they believe him.. This is the guy that knows says we cannot get rid of the tax support for oil company, because it will raise prices on gas. This guy just continues to develop lies and talking points, but does not accomplish anything. What has McConnell done for the people or this nation for the past several years. NOTHING. He is just a dishonest Republican, like many others, that think the people believe him. And Candy does not press the point, she goes on to other subjects.

    April 1, 2012 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  13. mark

    Then we have Paul Ryan, saying there must be a budget. Did Bush follow his budgets when he was President, think not. The 2 wars, tax relief for the rich, , etc was not in his budget nor ever was. Obama had to reflect them in his proposed budget. Budgets mean NOTHING. Except, hot talking points by the Republicans.

    April 1, 2012 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  14. vlh1

    To make a simple analogy in viewing what a Romny win is an ex. off. Picture owning luxury cars & remodeling my home to include lifts for my cars. Then picture with all these advantages that u strap ur family dog to the top of ur car in a crate to go on vacation. Is this the ex. of a leader of our country that we feel can move our country forward?

    April 1, 2012 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  15. Sirned

    Scary thought Mitt and Scott... Mitt will give tax beaks to his rich buddies and Scott would take money from the rest of us to give to Mitt and his rich buddies.... The Republican circular world in a nut shell.... No thanks

    April 1, 2012 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  16. Tony

    Romney is like broccoli. If the government cannot force people to buy health insurance, Republican voters should not be forced to buy Romney.

    April 1, 2012 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  17. Georgia Girl

    Mitt Romney is a lying idiot. If we think George W. Bush embarrassed us to the rest of the world, imagine what this clueless idiot will do. He will get more than a shoe thrown at him. He is spending 60 to 1 in Wisconsin to beat Rick Santorum. That has been his method all through this primary. Think about it...if Romney had to spend billions of dollars to beat that band of clowns... Bachman, Cain, Perry, Gingrich and Santorum, it says a lot about his personality and character. That should have been a cake walk for him. Please America, like you did int 2008, you didn't let John McCain blow smoke up your butts with that gimic Sarah Palin, then don't let this liar Romeny do the same with...well himself.

    April 1, 2012 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  18. basky

    yeah!!! after distorting other candidates records...every which way but win. What an hetch a sketch

    April 1, 2012 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  19. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Mitt will lose in November and so will Ryan.

    April 1, 2012 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  20. rick

    McConnelll does not take a stand for anything, He only tears down. This guy is senile and not fit to be a Senator. But he has his voters brainwashed with his lies. Of course thay are uneducated too. so they cannot think for themselves.

    April 1, 2012 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  21. Another Day in the Idiot Mines

    "How come Rassmussen says its tied? What up with that?"

    Rassmussen is a vanity polling company serving the needs of desperate Republicans nationwide.

    April 1, 2012 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  22. Darla (Edmonton, Canada)

    Yes, Romney will win the WI GOP primary ... but by November, Scott Walker and those legislators facing recall will be gone and President Obama and the Democrats will win the general election.

    April 1, 2012 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  23. ambrosec

    Ryan graduated from Miami University in Ohio and reportedly worked as a marketing consultant to Ryan Incorporated Central, which is run by a branch of his family. Qualifications???????????????????

    April 1, 2012 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |