Ryan to attend Obama's inauguration
January 17th, 2013
03:03 PM ET
10 years ago

Ryan to attend Obama's inauguration

Williamsburg, Virginia (CNN) - Former 2012 GOP vice presidential candidate Rep. Paul Ryan plans to attend Monday's inauguration of President Barack Obama.

The lawmaker from Wisconsin told reporters at the House Republican retreat in Williamsburg that he would be at the Washington ceremony, saying "it's my obligation."

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But Ryan ignored a question about his plans for 2016.

He is considered among the top tier of potential presidential candidates next cycle and has not ruled out a bid.

He stoked speculation about a future presidential bid when he spoke about the future of his party at a December conservative awards dinner sponsored by the Jack Kemp Foundation.

Ryan encouraged his party to find a "vision for bringing opportunity into every life - one that promotes strong families, secure livelihoods and an equal chance for every American to fulfill their highest aspirations for themselves and their children." That vision, he said, includes roles for government, private groups and free enterprise.

At the dinner, he congratulated Obama on his re-election and said he hopes the president would "offer fresh ideas and serious leadership" in his second term.

On the presidential campaign trail this year, Ryan described Obama in stark terms. At an October event in Pennsylvania he said, "This is the third president I have served with. It's the most partisan one I have ever known."

Ryan could find himself at the center of a major policy debate between Obama and congressional Republicans over the debt ceiling, sequester, and funding the federal government. He is the chairman of the House Budget Committee.

Obama will officially take the oath of office at noon on Sunday January 20, as required by the constitution, but because inaugural ceremonies have traditionally not been held on Sundays, the public ceremony will take place on Monday.

- CNN's Gregory Wallace contributed to this report

Filed under: Inauguration • Paul Ryan • President Obama
soundoff (37 Responses)
  1. Wire Palladin, S. F

    Ryan should partake of the python hunt in the Everglades. He could school the reptiles on what a real snake is.

    January 17, 2013 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  2. John Payne

    of course a republican (Paul Ryan) would think a democrat would be more partisan than the former President a republican was. Moose Are you refering to Obama being able to read and Ryan not?

    January 17, 2013 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  3. rs

    Big of him. Will he shout "you lie"?

    January 17, 2013 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  4. John

    Wonder if he will run another 3 hour marathon before the event starts........his lying about his accomplishments are a dangerous sign, even worse than his records and his ideas.

    January 17, 2013 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  5. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Kathleen Farrell

    It's not your obligation, Congressman, it's your honor.

    January 17, 2013 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  6. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    He's a snake. it's the only way that he will see one
    ...As a SPECTATOR.
    Good one Nathan!

    January 17, 2013 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  7. The NRA is a T e r r o r i st organisation....Arming Mentally Unbalanced People to Kill Innocent Children

    Becareful Ayn Paul Raynd; your TeaBag friends may label you a RINO in sheeps clothing; and tar and feather you for socialising witt the "communist dictator socialist" black token in the WH....hope you got permission from Grover Norquist and NRA is a T e r r o r i st -Wayne Lapierre before you embark on that mission??!!!!

    the GOP_NUTS has deemed inauguration "WASTEFUL SPENDING"

    January 17, 2013 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  8. ted

    Watch out everyone – the repukelican right wing wackos will becoming out of the walls and woods, criticizing Ryan because he dare show up at Obama's inauguration. OMG how horrible that poor loser Ryan has to show up. Get over it rightwingers. YOU lost. But it doesn't mean that people cannot return to civility.

    January 17, 2013 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  9. SuperD

    Sniffit if there ever was a narcissist, look in the mirror. You're an expert on everything that isn't so.

    January 17, 2013 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  10. Randy, San Francisco

    Let's hope Rep Ryan and his Tea Party buddies don't act up and interrupt President Obama's speech. Speaker Boehner hasn't disciplined them enough to show some manners or civility.

    January 17, 2013 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  11. sonnie3

    Ryan at least put out a budget and a plan to quit going into debt and printing money that will be a big burden on the future of our Grand Kids and America in general.
    obama only knows tax and spend, has no idea about budget control. He is just after control of Americans and how he can take away the freedoms and liberties we now have. He is acting like a dictator & that is the goal he is after.
    Sad but true he is also the great divider. Its the divide and conquer plan he is puting forth. Time for America to wake up.

    January 17, 2013 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  12. Ryan The Racist Redneck Teabagger

    Obama is a person, not an object. So he's a he, not an it.

    PS Don't ever mention Led Zeppelin again, they don't like redneck racist teabaggers.

    January 17, 2013 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
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