Conservatives Lining Up Behind Potential Paul Ryan 2012 White House Bid
The conservative firmament is aligning behind a potential White House run for House Budget Committee chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), The Washington Post’s Jennifer Rubin reports.
Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) – a freshman tea party favorite – gave his stamp of approval Wednesday on the Charlie Sykes radio show in Wisconsin.
“[Ryan] is one of the few individuals on the national scene who is actually putting forward real proposals . . . I’d love to see him run,” Johnson said.
Ryan gained national notoriety earlier this year for his 2012 budget which sought to tame skyrocketing Medicare spending. In fact, a non-partisan Congressional Budget Office analysis, issued on April 5, showed that the Ryan plan would lower federal health care spending from 8 percent of GDP today to just 5 percent by 2050. If nothing is done to correct Medicare’s current path, federal spending would jump to 14 percent over the same period.
It is because of this groundbreaking work that many on Capitol Hill are looking to Ryan as a possible 2012 GOP standard bearer. A House leadership aide speaking on condition of anonymity told the Washington Post on Wednesday, “I think he’d bring a much-needed level of seriousness and specificity to the debate over the long-term fiscal challenges we face – a debate that the President continues to duck.”
And it was FreedomWorks chief Dick Armey that first raised the draft Paul Ryan for president movement on CNN’s “State of the Union” back in May. Armey referred to Ryan in that interview as “the only standing hero grass roots America has.”