Congressman Paul Ryan Announces that He is Not Running for President

Bookmark and Share   Despite my high hopes for the presidential candidacy of Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan, today he announced that he hasn’t changed his mind about staying out of the race.

Early in the day on Monday, Ryan released the following statement on his website:

“I sincerely appreciate the support from those eager to chart a brighter future for the next generation. While humbled by the encouragement, I have not changed my mind, and therefore I am not seeking our party’s nomination for President. I remain hopeful that our party will nominate a candidate committed to a pro-growth agenda of reform that restores the promise and prosperity of our exceptional nation. I remain grateful to those I serve in Southern Wisconsin for the unique opportunity to advance this effort in Congress.”

For me the certainty of Congressman Ryan’s not being a potential President in 2012 is disappointing. I am also disappointed by the lack of focus within the Republican presidential field that his absence will allow for there to be on the fiscal issues of the day and the economic problems we must confront. His absence from the race leaves me still uncommitted to anyone . I hope that will change, but for that to happen, a candidate, declared or declared, will have to show me that they are opposed to the Washington D.C. political establishment and politics-as-usual. They will have to show  me that they truly understand that we spend too much and need to start spending less and reducing the size and scope of government. They must also demonstrate to me that have the vision to lead our nation on a reform minded agenda that is willing to make real changes to many things including our existing code.  They also must be willing to insure that above all else, America remains a loyal defender of liberty that is willing to strengthen it at home and defend from threats abroad.

In many ways I will I judge the candidates by the standard set by Paul Ryan and President Ronald Reagan as well as my political mentor Jack Kemp.  . A standard that requires a temperament that is forceful but not combative, is passionate about their commitment to the cause of conservatism, especially fiscal conservatism, and has the wherewithal to conduct themselves in a way that makes me proud of them, my Party, and our nation. And while none of these standards are impossible to meet, the trick is trying to meet all of them or as many as possible, while also demonstrating to me that they have capacity to campaign and articulate the conservative cause in a way that attracts enough voters to end the reign of the Obama Administration.

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2 Responses

  1. I agree with your sentiments. I think the candidate that best meets your criteria also has the name “Paul”, but as a surname.

    • Believe me, Ron Paul does not meet my criteria.

      Ron Paul is the very last person I could ever vote for. He is a hypcritical, career politician who in addition to having not achieved a single thing he claims to be for, when it comes to his foreign policy and national securioty opinions, I find him to be irresponsible, naive, unrealistric, and dangerous.

      The primary responisble of the federal government and the President of the United States is to protect and defend our nation and its interests. Ron Paul has proven that he not capable of living up to that responsibility. He does not even understand the strategic importance of a havin g a military base in Europe.

      Sorry but Ron Paul is non-entity to me.

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