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Paul Ryan: I Wish Romney Would Run Again

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Patrick Howley
Political Reporter

Republican Rep. Paul Ryan said that he wishes Mitt Romney would run for president again in 2016 because voters have “buyer’s remorse” with President Barack Obama.

“I was with him last Thursday. I think he should run,” Ryan told conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt Monday night. “I think people are getting to know who he really is. I think there’s buyer’s remorse. He’d make an outstanding president. He says emphatically, though, that he won’t do it.”

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“It’s been done before,” Ryan, Romney’s 2012 running mate said, about a candidate who loses as his party’s nominee coming back and running again. “Ronald Reagan didn’t get the first crack. Look at Nixon. Not that I’m a fan of Nixon. I’m not. But look at how many downs he had, and then he came back.”

“I wish he would,” Ryan said of Romney. “I think he would be a unifier.”

Ryan brushed off speculation that he might run for speaker after the 2014 midterms, saying that he has no interest in the job. Ryan also refused to comment on Texas Rep. Jeb Hensarling, who may challenge Boehner for the speakership from the right.

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