Paul Ryan closes door on 2012 run, again

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan is closing the door — again — on a run for president in 2012.

Ryan, a Wisconsin GOP congressman, has been reconsidering his decision not to make a run for the White House. But in a statement released by his campaign on Monday, he said that’s no longer the case. (ALSO ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL: Ron Paul rakes in $1.8 million in weekend money bomb)

“While humbled by the encouragement, I have not changed my mind,” Ryan said, “and therefore I am not seeking our party’s nomination for President.”

Continuing, Ryan said: “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.”

Last week, The Weekly Standard’s Stephen F. Hayes reported that Ryan was vacationing in Colorado discussing with his family the possibility of a run. And Karl Rove, who served as deputy chief of staff to President George W. Bush, said he thought Ryan was taking the prospect seriously.

Among those disappointed at Ryan’s decision are the Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol, who has called on Ryan to get in the race. On his blog Monday, Kristol wrote: “If I had more dramatic flair, I’d announce that I’ll be in seclusion for a while, grimly pondering the Republican future while re-reading the great Yeats poem, ‘To a Friend whose Work has Come to Nothing.’”

  • PAFreedom

    Ron Paul has consistently done well in polls against Obama and stands the best chance to beat him.

  • Anonymous

    Paul Ryan should stay where he can do his best work.  He is actually too smart for the oval office.  The president is only as smart as those around him.  Look at the loser in the WH now.  He has campaign strategists telling him what to do.  Not one has had business experience…

  • joeaiello

    Ron Paul has no shot at the presidency and he’s one of the saner republicans running. And in 15 months the great majority of Americans not sucked in by Roger Ailes propaganda machine Fox “News” will realize that this “miserable failure” President Obama has:
    Killed Bin Laden with no American lives lost.
    Deposed Gadhafi with no American lives lost.
    Insured 31 million more Americans at a great savings over hospital emergency room care.
    Removed the rediculous “Don’t Ask/Don’t Tell” law.
    Stopped us from going into another Great Depression.
    Gotten a balanced budget plan on track.
    Moved us toward alternative energy.
    Saved GM and millions of American manufacturing jobs in the process. 
    This and much more in spite of total republican obstruction.
    Good luck in 2012!

  • http://www.soopermexican.com Soopermexican

    How much more anti-Obama can Paul Ryan get? Obama
    is the “let’s not campaign all year round” year round campaigner, and
    Ryan keeps having to make the decision NOT to run!

  • Mud Guru

    Ryan is a very smart man… the metelista is coming and he will survive it.

  • Anonymous

    I am unplugging from The Daily Caller today!!! I am so sick of biased statements like, “Even Ron Paul is gaining on Obama”. (on the lead-in to this article) Ron Paul, like Kaddaffi would be viewed (and supported) completely differently if they were not lied about constantly by corporate-financed media. And before you attack me, I’m talking principle here. I am NOT a Kaddaffi supporter, and I haven’t made up my mind on Ron Paul, but I DO SEE THE LIES, AND THE “SLANT” put on so much of what I read and hear regarding these two. Makes me want to support them, if anything, best guess being that they must have something right to be getting this kind of treatment by media whores. And at this point, that’s exactly who you are (DC) in my book!! Good bye….

  • Anonymous

    He’s just chicken. 

    • Anonymous

      He didn’t seem very cowardly when he stood up and delivered a budget to the party of O and challenged them to do better.  They didn’t even show up for the game.

  • Anonymous

    He’s just chicken.