Might Paul Ryan or Chris Christie run for Prez?

The Weekly Standard reports that House Budget Chair Paul Ryan of Wisconsin is seriously mulling getting into the race for the Repub nomination for prez.

The Standard piece starts:

“Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan is strongly considering a run for president. Ryan, who has been quietly meeting with political strategists to discuss a bid over the past three months, is on vacation in Colorado discussing a prospective run with his family.”

This possibility has been floated before and Ryan knocked it down convincingly.Now, according to CBS, Ryan’s spokester says Ryan “hasn’t changed his mind” about not running (which is different than shooting down the rumor that he is actively considering changing his mind.

A Ryan entry would add considerable policy heft to the field, since Ryan is the author of a fairly concrete long-term budget plan, which was actually adopted by the House. The other candidates mostly have cartoon versions of their plans for reducing federal debt and deficit. Ryan’s plan raises some questions that he hasn’t answered, but it is way more specific (and therefore politically risky) than anything the others have signed onto, although Michele Bachmann did vote for the Ryan plan. Ron Paul said the Ryan plan didn’t go far enough, fast enough.

Oy, and now Jonathan Alter tweets that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is conducting focus group in preparation for joining the field.

Hat tip to Taegan Goddard’s esteemed Political Wire.

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Comments (5)

  1. Submitted by Jackson Cage on 08/17/2011 - 02:17 pm.

    I too have a budget plan for my family. Unfortunately, it’s based on my earning $10mil/yr. and is otherwise unworkable. Can I run for President too?

  2. Submitted by Dan Hintz on 08/17/2011 - 02:39 pm.

    I really get tired of the meme that Paul Ryan is some deep thinker who brings “considerable policy heft” to anything. While his plan is very specific, it is based on bogus numbers, does nothing to solve long term entitlement problems, and ultimately is little more than a huge wealth transfter to the rich. There is nothing bold or courageous (other adjectives frequently used) about Ryan’s plan. The fact that someone put a lot of time and effort into a terrible plan doesn’t make the plan any better, not does it make the author worthy of respect. Paul Ryan is a clown – a guy who was born into money and who thinks the Ayn Rand books he is obsessed with should be a basis for public policy rather than bad fiction.

  3. Submitted by Paul Brandon on 08/17/2011 - 08:00 pm.

    People run for President for many reasons; not necessarily because they think they can win.
    Ryan likes the attention, and gets book sales and speaking fees.
    Running is good exercise; Christie looks like he could use it ;-). More seriously, he is trying to establish a national presence, and unlike TPaw will probably have the good sense to stay out of the actual race unless all the leading candidates self destruct and he can generate a ‘draft’ movement.

  4. Submitted by C.S. Senne on 08/18/2011 - 11:16 am.

    The Wall Street Journal crowd would probably welcome the fat man who uses state helicopters to attend his kid’s ball game…and if that doesn’t work, there’s always little Eddie Munster (Paul Ryan) handing out senior citizen vouchers.

  5. Submitted by Bernice Vetsch on 08/19/2011 - 11:38 am.

    At the same time Paul Ryan released his right-wing budget plan, the Progressive Caucus of the Democratic Party released The People’s Budget, which would restore our economy by raising taxes on the wealthy and eliminating business tax breaks, removing the earnings cap (and the exclusion of investment income) from Social Security contributions, invest about $2 billion in infrastructure, broadband, housing, clean energy and R&D (jobs, jobs, jobs), and replace the deficit with a surplus within 10 years.

    The mainstream media ignored this WORKABLE plan in favor in covering Ryan’s “serious effort.” I don’t see any evidence that the Administration paid any attention to it either. Sad.
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    People for the American Way reported this week that Ryan and Minnesota’s own Chip Cravaack are among federal-level legislators who are charging admission ($15 I believe) to their public forums while Congress is not in session. What’s next? An admission charge to visit their offices?

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