I'm happy about this decision. I have great admiration for Rep Ryan and his knowledge of all things economic. He is a rising star and will be more useful, for now, in the House of Representatives. His leadership is crucial in this time of uncertain economic recovery. He has the backbone and unwavering strength of conviction of political philosophy that propels him forward with reform ideas of the huge entitlement programs bankrupting our nation.
Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan announced Monday that he will not be a participant in the 2012 Republican presidential nominating contest, choosing instead to run for reelection to the House of Representatives, where he currently serves as Budget Committee chairman.
"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," Ryan said in a statement on his campaign website.
"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."
The most exciting aspect of the very near future for me, as a Republican woman and an activist, is the deep bench of candidates surfacing for later campaigns. Rep Ryan is one such politician. Others include Sen Marco Rubio, Governor Christie, Governor Nikki Haley, Governor Susana Martinez, and Governor Susan Fallin.
The GOP women Governors - Haley is the first Indian-American female to win the office of Governor and Martinez is the first woman Hispanic Governor - are the most hopeful signs for the GOP future to me. Governor Fallin is a former U.S. Representative from Oklahoma and is calm and skilled in her delivery of answers in interviews. I hope they will all be recruited to the top ticket of our party in future campaigns.
In the meantime, it is important to allow the up and comers the time for acquiring experience and leadership skills. How can we criticize those without experience and qualifications worthy of the top offices in the land - such criticism was justified in the case of Barack Obama in 2008 and look at the mess we're in now - if we rush officeholders along ourselves?
Especially in the cases of Ryan and Rubio, strong GOP leaders are essential in the House and Senate as Republicans continue the fight against the Obama agenda. Both are young men and have plenty of time to save our country as President later.
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