Paul Ryan Reportedly Mulling Presidential Bid

Congressman said to be discussing race with his family.

updated 2 p.m. Tuesday.

U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan is strongly considering running for president, according to a report Tuesday from The Weekly Standard.

After months of saying he wasn't interested in running, the report says Ryan is now on vacation in Colorado and discussing the possibility with his family.

Click here for the Weekly Standard story

Responding to the report in an interview with WTMJ, a spokesperson for Ryan said the Congressman "has not changed his mind" about whether to enter the race.

Meanwhile, Roll Call also reports that Ryan is considering a presidential run but cites a source who feels Ryan is still unlikely to seek his party's nomination.

Ryan represents a large portion of southeastern Wisconsin, and has become one of the stars of the Republican party. He was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by TIME Magazine in April, in a piece written by Gov. Scott Walker. 

TIME also spoke to Ryan about the 2012 budget he proposed in April, as well as asked him to compare it to the Roadmap for America's Future he put out in 2010. TIME called The Path to Prosperity, Ryan's proposed budget "an ambitious package the includes drastic changes to Medicare and Medicaid, new tax reforms and deep spending cuts."

Ryan's not the only candidate whose presidential aspirations are being bandied about. On Monday, Fox News' Sean Hannity asked Karl Rove who might still jump in the race. Rove threw out the possibility that Ryan, Chris Christie and Sarah Palin cold still be in the running. 

Rove said he's been hearing influential people have been telling Ryan and Christie they should consider a run. 

"And I'm starting to pick up some sort of vibrations that these kinds of conversations are causing Christie and Ryan to tell the people who are calling hem, well, you know what, I owe it to you, I think I will take a look at it. Whether or not that happens or not, I don't know. But I'm just picking that up that people have some sense, some belief that these two guys are going to take a look at it," Rove told Hannity, according to the posted transcript of their conversation. Read the rest here.

If you've got a question for the Congressman, his mobile office—often manned by a staffer—will be touring the district over the next several weeks. Look to see if there's a stop in your community.

Brian Dey August 21, 2011 at 01:44 PM
Just tired of people thinking taxpayers owe them something. Greedy state workers who think they somehow deserve more than the one paying their bills, politicians who think that somehow, 39% of my income is somehow not enough, and government taking control of whole industries; that's not the America I grew up in, nor the one I want to see my kids grow up in. Apparently, that is the vision of the Democratic party... shame, shame, shame!
Lyle Ruble August 21, 2011 at 03:23 PM
This article started out as a report of Paul Ryan's contemplation of throwing his hat in the ring for a presidential run. I honestly don't think he will run, but I've been surprised before. I have many objections to Paul Ryan but first and foremost is his tender age. He is 41 years old and lacks the kind of life experience that a president needs to have in order to govern. He has never run for a state wide office and lacks wider appeal to moderates and independents. He is a Ayn Rand advocate and sees himself in the role of John Gault of "Atlas Shrugged". Philosophically, he's very libertarian oriented. His business experience is limited to a marketing consultant to the family business. His political experience, before running and winning the 1st congressional district, has been as an aid to some of the most extreme right wing politicians. Finally, his budget looks more like a project done for some second rate MBA program and projects more wishful thinking than substance.
Lyle Ruble August 21, 2011 at 04:46 PM
@Ben Hogan...I have also known a number of intelligent people who do not have degrees and I have know some real idiots who have degrees; admittedly they were almost all business, marketing and communications degrees. My prejudices aside, a college degree is an indication that someone has been able to meet some minimum academic qualifications. It's just as important where the degree comes from. The Fitzgerald brothers are both UW-Oshkosh alumni. Compare their degrees to someone with a UW-Madison or UW-Milwaukee degree which have a much more demanding and rigorous academic standard. It also matters which discipline the degree is in. If a lesser known institution is known for a specific discipline, then the actual degree in that discipline overcomes the limitations of the institution. The one indication that impacts Walker is he is one who tends not to finish things that he starts. He began running for governor the minute he became County Executive.
Lyle Ruble August 21, 2011 at 04:52 PM
@Ben Hogan...Your definition of success and mine seem to be miles apart. If Johnson would have struggled with the founding and building of the company from the ground up, then I would agree with you. He married the business and his No. 1 customer is his father-in-law and brother-in-laws business with a focus in China. He has certainly "puffed his qualifications".
Lyle Ruble August 21, 2011 at 08:01 PM
@Brian Dey...When are you going to move onto something else. You're obsessed with the "greedy state workers" and we are so beyond that. The America you grew up in is long gone. Time to give up your anal retentivity and adapt to the new world.


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