Sunday, May 22, 2011

Ryan for President? Wisconsin GOP don't offer any encouragement

Paul Ryan for president? He says no, others say maybe, but Wisconsin Republicans say they believe him when he says no, judging from a weekend straw poll.

Politico speculates that Republicans may be moving toward Paul Ryan, with Mitch Daniels out of the presidential race and a lackluster field lined up so far:

“Now, obviously, we have to start looking, and I was just saying this morning, maybe it’s time to start drafting Paul Ryan,” former House Majority Leader and FreedomWorks chief Dick Armey told CNN’s “State of the Union” Sunday.

Several hours earlier, at 6:33 a.m., William Kristol blogged on The Weekly Standard’s Website that there’s a better than even chance that Ryan will throw his hat in the ring.

But will Ryan — young, handsome, articulate and committed — succumb to the temptation? Probably not...

Those who would see wiggle room in Ryan’s remarks [on Meet the Press] certainly do see it — whether that means a bid for president or vice president.
Meet the Press headline says Ryan "leaves slim opening" for a run:
Ryan left only the slimmest chance that he himself might run, or accept a draft.

“It’s not my plan” to run, he told NBC’s David Gregory. “I’m not going to get into all these hypotheticals for the future. My point is: I’m not running for running for president. You never know what opportunities present themselves way down the road.”
You would expect a Ryan for President draft to start in Wisconsin, where he'd be a favorite son candidate. But a straw poll at Saturday's state GOP convention,conducted by didn't even list him on the ballot, and of 301 delegates voting only seven bothered to write him in.

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