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Ryan to pass on 2016 presidential race?
Hot Air ^ | December 18, 2013 | Ed Morrissey

Posted on 12/18/2013 8:34:07 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

Most people viewed the budget deal crafted by Paul Ryan and Patty Murray in the context of the Republican presidential nomination in 2016, but that group may not have included Paul Ryan. After a solid campaign performance as Mitt Romney’s running mate in 2012, the assumption was that Ryan wanted to take a shot at the top spot in the next opportunity. The Hill’s Russell Berman talked to Ryan’s colleagues on Capitol Hill, who believe Ryan has other plans in mind:

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In interviews The Hill conducted with more than two dozen House Republicans from across the ideological spectrum over the last couple of weeks, many of Ryan’s colleagues said they are doubtful he will run for president in 2016. Most believe that concerns for his young family will lead him to lay claim to the job he’s always wanted: chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee. …

The eight-term legislator has long made it clear, both in occasional public comments and privately to colleagues, that the job he wants most is Ways and Means, where he could turn his controversial, nonbinding budgets into authorizing legislation reforming the tax code and the safety net programs of Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security.

Ryan on Tuesday told The Wall Street Journal that he plans to lead the Ways and Means Committee in the next Congress.

The current chairman, Rep. Dave Camp (R-Mich.), will be term-limited out of the post in early 2015, and the consensus is it is Ryan’s for the taking. The post is big enough that it is unlikely Ryan would be able to lead the panel and run for higher office at the same time.

In his WSJ interview, Ryan confirmed his ambitions at Ways and Means. But that doesn’t mean it’s his for the asking:

The top job on Ways and Means would present major distractions, and potential pitfalls, for anyone seeking higher office. But it could also provide a platform for Republican messaging on economic issues as Democrats maintain a focus on issues of economic inequality. Success with a tax overhaul could also further burnish Mr. Ryan’s credentials as someone who can work across the aisle at a time of intense partisan gridlock.

Ways and Means has broad jurisdiction over many of the nation’s most important but difficult policy problems, from tax and trade policy to Social Security, Medicare and social services. It is the oldest committee in Congress. Its current leaders, particularly Mr. Camp, are eager to move a tax overhaul that would lower rates for individuals and corporations while closing loopholes, in order to generate growth and make the system simpler and fairer. In the interview, Mr. Ryan said those would be his priorities as well.

Many Democrats believe such changes would make the tax system less fair, not more. Some also question whether the changes would produce much growth. President Barack Obama has showed little interest in overhauling individual rates, and sharply criticized Mitt Romney’s tax-cut plan in 2012.

The Republicans have established term limits in the House that require each chairman to relinquish the gavel after six years. And Mr. Ryan may have some competition for the job. A spokeswoman for Texas Rep. Kevin Brady, who has more seniority on Ways and Means than Mr. Ryan, said he plans to seek the chairmanship when Mr. Camp vacates the job. But Mr. Ryan’s fundraising prowess and stature in the party would make him an overwhelming favorite to succeed Mr. Camp.

For Ryan, it may come down to choosing the most effective means to improving policy. He could try to make a quixotic run for the GOP nomination in 2016 while several governors — including his own — will make much more realistic and competitive candidates for the post, while having to protect his prospects by not doing much of anything for the next few years. The other option will be to reposition himself to quarterback real tax reform in the House while the Republicans take control of the Senate in 2014 and hopefully the White House in 2016 to make substantive reforms possible.

At 43, he can choose later to run for governor or Senator as a more-realistic springboard to the presidency with that kind of solid reform on his record. At his age, this is not an either-or proposition, and there are different ways (and means) to get to the same end goal.


TOPICS: Wisconsin; Campaign News; Parties; U.S. Congress
KEYWORDS: 2016; amnesty; congress; paulryan; taxes
Jack Kemp, Junior.
1 posted on 12/18/2013 8:34:08 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Opens the door for Walker who won’t run if Ryan does.


2 posted on 12/18/2013 8:35:46 AM PST by MNlurker
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

John Boehner, Jr.


3 posted on 12/18/2013 8:38:41 AM PST by OrangeHoof (Howdy to all you government agents spying on me.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Boner as Dr. Evil and Ryan as Mini-Me.

We need a graphic.


4 posted on 12/18/2013 8:47:36 AM PST by exit82 ("The Taliban is on the inside of the building" E. Nordstrom 10-10-12)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Good call. He pretty much sacrificed that chance with this budget deal.


5 posted on 12/18/2013 8:47:38 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Buckeye McFrog

Yup. He has alienated the conservative base.


6 posted on 12/18/2013 8:49:54 AM PST by tgusa (gun control: deep breath, sight alignment, squeeze the trigger .......)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Another sign Amnesty will be passed in the House with a RINO-RAT coalition next year.


7 posted on 12/18/2013 8:51:01 AM PST by jimbo123
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
After a solid campaign performance as Mitt Romney’s running mate in 2012...

Solid performance? Sir Gaffe-alot walked all over him in the vice presidential debate.

8 posted on 12/18/2013 8:51:59 AM PST by Fiji Hill (Fight on!!)
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To: Fiji Hill

It’s easy to “do well” in a debate if you have no conscience.

Biden flatly denied that the HHS Abortion Mandate even existed.


9 posted on 12/18/2013 8:53:25 AM PST by Arthur McGowan
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To: Arthur McGowan

Ryan may wish he never agreed to that budget deal as he will NEVER make it as president.


10 posted on 12/18/2013 9:01:04 AM PST by DaveA37
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
You insult Jack Kemp. Kemp never lost a debate to Joe Biden and wasn't snookered into throwing away the best GOP advantage for the 2014 mid-terms by the dumbest member of the U.S. Senate.
11 posted on 12/18/2013 9:19:30 AM PST by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: OrangeHoof

All this mean he has agreed to throw his body on the alter of Amnesty. He values the money from the cheap labor lobby more than the principle of a sovereign republic under the constitution.


12 posted on 12/18/2013 9:21:29 AM PST by Breto (Stranger in a strange land... where did America go?)
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To: Buckeye McFrog

“Good call. He pretty much sacrificed that chance with this budget deal.”

And for being a corporatist open borders and amnesty shill.


13 posted on 12/18/2013 9:22:41 AM PST by amnestynone (Lindsey Graham is feckless, duplicitous, treacherous, double dealing backstabbing Corksucker.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Paul Ryan: Biggest Disappointment of 2013

Runne-rUp: Marco Rubio

Both were guilty of furthering Obama’s agenda, when he was beginning to falter.
Nice going, media-pleasers.


14 posted on 12/18/2013 9:28:19 AM PST by txrefugee
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Glad he won’t.


15 posted on 12/18/2013 9:29:43 AM PST by Resolute Conservative
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
We need him to run.

Alongside Crispy Kreme, and every other RINO we can get to run. Let THEM split their votes this time.......

Call him, encourage him.

16 posted on 12/18/2013 9:31:58 AM PST by Lakeshark (Mr Reid, tear down this law!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; All
damaged goods...shoots self in foot, many times..
he's one shining moment, Showdown on 0'ButtCrack's DeathCARE

17 posted on 12/18/2013 9:38:23 AM PST by skinkinthegrass (The end move in politics is always to pick up a gun..0'Caligula / 0'Reid / 0'Pelosi :-)
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To: Arthur McGowan

Biden kept interrupting Ryan and calling his arguments “malarkey,” and Ryan didn’t fight back—he even clarified for the moderator what “malarkey” meant. Why did Ryan act so damn meek?


18 posted on 12/18/2013 9:39:40 AM PST by Fiji Hill (Fight on!!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

That is nice. Now if we could just get Christie off the horizon.


19 posted on 12/18/2013 10:37:29 AM PST by Little Ray (How did I end up in this hand-basket, and why is it getting so hot?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

He could run as a demoncrat and challenge hildebeast... he is one.


20 posted on 12/18/2013 10:52:38 AM PST by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS! BETTER DEAD THAN RED!)
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To: Fiji Hill

mangina.


21 posted on 12/18/2013 10:53:07 AM PST by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS! BETTER DEAD THAN RED!)
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To: Buckeye McFrog
He pretty much sacrificed that chance with this budget deal.

Cutting veterans' benefits ? Yeah, I'd say he ZERO chance now.

22 posted on 12/18/2013 12:40:09 PM PST by jimt (Fear is the darkroom where negatives are developed.)
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To: Fiji Hill

I’m not sure it’s a strategy. I think it’s a matter of being a normal human being—and simply being unprepared to debate an animal.


23 posted on 12/18/2013 1:05:16 PM PST by Arthur McGowan
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Ryan out Rubio’d himself out of contention.


24 posted on 12/18/2013 2:27:23 PM PST by VRWC For Truth (Roberts has perverted the Constitution)
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To: VRWC For Truth

Well that’s just great! Now the opportunity to claim that the sob will never get my vote will never be made. So, that said, this one and only time ‘go to h-ll paul. you wanna be on the top of the dung pile. You got it, you had it, you lost it....what an idiot His mother threw herself over the cliff after seeing what her son has become....obomba’s bow boy.


25 posted on 12/19/2013 9:24:53 PM PST by V K Lee
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To: Fiji Hill
Why did Ryan act so damn meek?

They are not called the stupid party for nothing.

26 posted on 12/21/2013 12:56:10 AM PST by Mark17 (Chicago Blackhawks: Stanley Cup champions 2010, 2013. Vietnam Veteran, 70-71)
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