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.