Paul Ryan on GOP in 2012: ‘We will lose a personality contest’

Republican Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin said on Wednesday that a Republican would win the White House in 2012 if the race becomes a battle of ideas rather than a “personality contest.”

In a question-and-answer session at the Washington headquarters of Americans for Tax Reform, Ryan said he did not yet have a “strong preference” for the GOP nomination. “I want to wait and see what these people are made of and what they’re going to talk about,” he told a small gathering of reporters. “To me, what matters most is somebody that really has conviction in their heart and their mind, these core principles … we can’t just give it to, you know, the next person in line or (have) a personality contest. We will lose a personality contest. We will win an ideas contest, and I want to make sure it’s somebody who really has conviction and articulation of ideas.”

Ryan said that during the last two weeks he had spoken to possible 2012 presidential candidates Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels and former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty. “We’ve got a lot of innovative governors out there, and my assumption is a bunch of them will throw their hat in the ring,” he continued. “It’s going to be such a big field that I think it’s just too early to get involved in all of this.” Ryan noted that, in the last several months, he had spoken “every one” of the Republican Party’s prospective candidates, “some more than others.”

The seven-term Wisconsin congressman also dismissed speculation that he might himself run for president, stating his belief that he could do more for the country in his current position as chairman of the Budget Committee. He also said Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, another rumored presidential contender, was likewise too busy concentrating on his current job. “I highly doubt he would run,” said Ryan.

  • teapartypatriot

    Paul Ryan on GOP in 2012: ‘We will lose a personality contest’

    WHAT???? REALLY?????

    Seems like ryan has NO CLUE as to what the despicable character of “You Lie!” hussein is. (Ryan must get his “news” from the lamestream socialist media). So, let me offer a short summary of the REAL “You Lie!” :

    he’s a shallow, profane, lying, arrogant, platitude-spouting, pompous, inexperienced, smug, Marxist, drug-addicted, elitist, narcissistic, racist, anti-Semitic, flip-flopping gas-bag who is so mentally deficient from extensive drug use he even has to plagiarize his hollow platitudes, who hijacked the nomination with fewer votes than Hillary received, and who stole the election with extensive ACORN fraud.– to name just a few of his qualities.

    Any Republican that can’t win against that shouldn’t even consider running – for ANY office.

    • TommyV

      I concur teapartypatriot…..and you had me at “You Lie” ;)!!

    • libertyatstake

      Yes, but we can’t afford “just any Republican.” We must have a principled conservative to turn this ship around before it runs aground.

      “Because the Only Good Progressive is a Failed Progressive”

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      • pink

        Ooops. My browser hiccupped.

        Contrary from what you people believe, according to polls 48% of the country approves of what Obama’s doing. You haven’t got a candidate that could beat Obama.

        BTW, I think Ryan just admitted he hasn’t got a personality.

    • lillymckim

      Obama will use race to divide this country in the next election 2012 like no one has EVER seen before..

  • notalone

    I agree with Paul 100% – we need a strong leader with lots of experience, intelligence, successful in many areas and honorable. Personality is at the bottom of the list. Obama is going to be very difficult to beat and just personality is not going to get the job done.

  • rebekahhuang

    I dunno…
    I wish there was a video. As I read it it wasn’t an endorsement of President Obama’s charm but, rather Rep Ryan thinks that if the Republicans try to just charm the American public and hand out entitlements as President Obama does selling our country off inch by inch we all lose and if the Republicans put forward someone who can articulate the situation and a means to correct it we all win.

  • zim2012

    tommyV , you forgot to mention he’s black , communist from Kenya
    and Muslim
    and feeds on Christians infants

    • TommyV

      That too zim2012….and did I mention he lies all the time?

  • Pots

    I think what is going on in WI is going to cost them a lot of voters. They wanted smaller government, and the exact opposite has been happening. Unions are generally a side effect from a more free market. Clamping down on that is driving free market, small government folks away from that base in droves.

  • TommyV

    I don’t agree with Paul! The phony liar that’s in the WH now has no personality. He’s mean and obnoxious and most of all lies all of the time and everyone knows it.

    What…..somehow this is an attractive personality. Worst of all he’s incompetent. Anyone the republicans put up will beat him handily. He’s toast ;)!

    • SolipsisticToo

      it’s a world of laughter, a world or tears
      its a world of hopes, its a world of fear
      theres so much that we share
      that its time we’re aware
      its a small world after all

      its a small world after all
      its a small world after all
      its a small world after all
      its a small, small world