Paul Ryan backs Price for top GOP leadership role
November 13th, 2012
01:55 PM ET
9 years ago

Paul Ryan backs Price for top GOP leadership role

(CNN) – Rep. Paul Ryan, now one of the highest profile Republican congressmen following his bid for vice president, is backing Rep. Tom Price for a top role in the House GOP leadership over the top Republican woman in the House, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers.

In a letter to colleagues, obtained by CNN Tuesday, Ryan says Price is "uniquely qualified for the job of [Republican] Conference Chairman."

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"He was instrumental in drafting our House Republican budget. His vocal leadership on issues like health care, tax reform, and fiscal matters has been vital to our messaging and policy efforts," Ryan writes in the letter. "No one will work harder than Congressman Price at building a strong and compelling communications and policy strategy that reflects the will of our membership and the needs of the nation."

Opposing Price for the slot is McMorris Rodgers, a representative from Washington State who was a top surrogate for Mitt Romney and Ryan during the presidential campaign. She is the highest ranking Republican woman in the House, holding the title of vice-chairman of the Republican Conference.

Price, who represents Georgia, is now chair of the Republican Policy Committee and previously served as chair of the Republican Study Committee from 2009-2012. A former orthopedist who has strongly advocated repealing Obamacare, he's well liked by House conservatives.

He said on CNN's "Starting Point with Soledad O'Brien" Tuesday he was "absolutely" interested in the role of Republican Conference chairman, saying the party was "raring to go, because we've got positive solutions."

"The House Republicans Conference over the past two years have put forward positive solutions based on fundamental principles for all the challenges that we faced. We've sent them over the Senate. They've languished over in there," Price said.

The current GOP Conference chairman, Rep. Jeb Hensarling of Texas, is leaving the role to chair the House Financial Services Committee.

Although McMorris Rodgers is not formally endorsed by other House leaders, including House Speaker John Boehner, some GOP aides say members of the leadership are quietly supporting her.

CNN's Deirdre Walsh and Kevin Liptak contributed to this report.

Filed under: Cathy McMorris Rodgers • Paul Ryan • Tom Price
soundoff (26 Responses)
  1. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    Of course, Ryan would prefer someone from the cleanly Red state of Georgia over the Bluish state of Washington. Add to it she is a woman, and according to Ryan's philosophy, women should not be in leadership positions.

    November 13, 2012 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  2. BLKMANinAmerica

    REALLY! Ryan please guess it matters not the election and how you and robo-Romney lost an election you thought your money was the ticket to the W.H. Dang man don't you understand the repuks 'Ole-white-aged-male" club has PLAYED THE HECK OUT? SAD!

    November 13, 2012 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  3. cadillac

    Cathy McMorris Rogers, don't you feel used. They don't need you to stand behind them like a little puppet anymore.

    November 13, 2012 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  4. Iamnotfooled

    Cathy Rogers --see what you get for being in lock-step with the Republicans? Slap- down. Both of them are wrong for the position. They don't get it. Ryan does not get it period.

    November 13, 2012 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  5. n, tx

    Ryan lost the election because he is affiliated with tea party and he thinks all women should stay home and Take care of children. His has 19 century views. Wake up Wisconsin and kick him out of Congress in the next election.

    November 13, 2012 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  6. NameChi

    Ryan is so Sad,republican Women better wake up!!!

    November 13, 2012 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  7. Rudy NYC

    Don't the Republicans realize how out of touch this proposal looks? Apparently not. This is classic political thinking from inside a hamster cage. They LOST the election in part on social issues, such as a war on women. Now they want to kick the top female Republican to the curb?

    When the GOTP took over the House in 2010, we say the lowest female representation in Congress in over 30 years. The 2012 election has flipped that trend into the highest female represenation in Congress of all time. On that note, Paul Ryan wants to kick the top female Republican to the curb. That's a good little hamster.

    November 13, 2012 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  8. meyuns

    Republican weman in the State of Wisconsin need to check this guys records.

    November 13, 2012 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  9. Gary

    Enough with the Healtcare Act ... It's over ... the GOP got their butts kicked and the people need the healthcare. Can't the fat cats see that it is the only way to force the medical industry to fairly price drugs and services: Geeez!

    November 13, 2012 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  10. ALittleBird

    The GOP war on women continues.

    November 13, 2012 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  11. 2020

    Ryan may see himself a SOMEBODY, Veepee. What he didn't see he is NOBODY, a loser

    What he endorses amount to nothing.

    Ryan is a young buck like to show and tell. Well, enough, ryan, your 3 mins is up. Go sit down in that corner

    November 13, 2012 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  12. V

    And the beat goes on . . .

    If Paul Ryan is one of the "Top Republican's" it doesn't say too much for the Republican Party as a whole. This man lied his way through the past campaign and now he wants to recreate the Good Ole' Boys Club ousting a woman in favor of a man. . . Guess you will never learn Mr. Ryan. Time for Wisconsin to call you home and have you find a real job!! Lyin Ryan – sort of has a ring to it, doesn't it???

    November 13, 2012 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  13. J'Cincinnati'Redd

    Please the GOP stands for alot of things that made this country great. its not the party of old white men for it belongs to everybody who enjoys freedom. but right now we have extream right wing problem. to many men trying to control women and their body. and some reason they love to hate gay people

    November 13, 2012 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  14. robbfromok

    Rudy, you have to understand. The reich wing thinks that the reason they lost the election is that they weren't "conservative" enough, and that they did not portray their message forcefully enough. They still think that most Americans feel that there should be no taxes on the rich, and that trickle down economics benefit all americans and not just the top 2 – 5 percent.

    They also think that science ins made up, and that the government has the right to dictate how married couples enjoy their bedrooms, but that income on the wealthy is to be untouched. While allowing us making under 60,000 a year to pay more of a percentage to pay for wars that are not needed, but purely vindictive, and based on ideological (biblical) interpretations, of white people (i am white and mexican by the by), that they can't see the actual message of their so called messiah.

    Anyhow, i hope all is well with you after the recent tragedy that has hit you're area.



    November 13, 2012 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  15. sonny chapman

    He's mean enough.

    November 13, 2012 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  16. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    The woman is smarter than Ryan, that's why he didn't pick her. Ryan has convinced the GOP he's smart and didn't want that woman to prove he's not, so let the GOP keep thinking he's smart until he finishes them off.

    November 13, 2012 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |

    There is nothing positive about Tom Price. Just another embarrassment from the state of Georgia.

    November 13, 2012 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  18. just sayin

    is obama going to fire hillary clinton for her role in denying the benghazi consulate adequate security? she said the buck stopped with her. at least she manned up, unlike obama. some leader of the free world.

    November 13, 2012 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  19. papanez

    I can't help but laugh. These dorks in the GOP have no respect for women and can't see to the end of their noses. Keep it up and the GOP will be a trivia question before too long.

    November 13, 2012 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  20. jkane sfl gop mascots the blubbering slobs allen west rover nitwitquest rick scott ,carl rove and donald trump ??????

    These are two of the gop bafoons that need to be kicked to the curb to help get the country running smoothly again and the only people that think lyin Ryan is gop presidential material is the braindead gop voters !!!! And he signed the blubbering slob rover nitwitquest stupid pledge againest the American people .the gop congressman that calls a news conference and publicly rips up this pledge and puts the American people first instead of a crooked lobbiest like nitwitquest will be the nominees !!!!

    November 13, 2012 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  21. SafeJourney

    Again, ol' Lyin Ryan has learned nothing from this election.

    November 13, 2012 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  22. ELBnSC

    Why not back him for speaker if he really is courageous........ Current speaker seems wimpy to me

    November 13, 2012 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  23. John

    It just go to show you that the Republican don't listen to the American people. sure Paul Ryan going to pick a man over a woman. Paul Ryan doesn't think woman should be In leadership row. Just like the Republican party really think a women should be at home taking care of the house and bare feet and having a baby.

    November 13, 2012 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  24. Jack

    So the GOP is going to try the same thing all over again? They just cannot change. They didn't learn, did they? Fine by me. They can play in their little corner and listen to Fox Noise and believe their delusions and the rest of us will just go on and deal with reality. They can go play in the corner by themselves and we'll fill them in later on what's going on.

    November 13, 2012 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  25. Randy, San Francisco

    Ryan and the GOP/Tea Party is still in denial and can't change. The National GOP/Tea Party will go the way of the California into irrelevance and permanent minority status with less than 30% of the electorate.

    November 13, 2012 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
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