Paul Ryan for president or VP? - He says not president, but VP not out of question

2011-04-30T06:30:00Z 2013-12-18T13:43:38Z Paul Ryan for president or VP? - He says not president, but VP not out of questionSTEPHANIE JONES stephanie.jones@journaltimes.com Journal Times

RACINE COUNTY - During U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan's listening sessions, he was repeatedly asked the same question.

Will he run for president?

First it came at Burlington Friday then again at Union Grove.

His answer in Burlington was a strong, "No."

"I appreciate your sentiment," he said. "But look, I'm already four days a week away from Janesville in D.C. I'm not interested in spending the next two years being away the other three days a week. I feel I can make a difference here doing what I'm doing and others will pick up this cause as well."

"Reconsider," a woman in the crowd at Union Grove said.

There his answer stayed consistent; he is not looking to run for president especially now with his children so young.

Still he left open the possibility of running for vice president if he was asked.

"I don't know," Ryan said in an interview with The Journal Times after the Union Grove town hall. "That is a different question altogether. I would cross that bridge when I got to it...Who knows."

But he didn't name any candidate he is looking to run with, saying it's still far away and very few people have even announced their candidacy. The next presidential election is November 2012.

"Right now I'm just sitting and watching to see who is going to get in or not and kind of form my opinion once I see what their campaigns are about," Ryan said. "To me it's so early."

As for two possible candidates who are rumored to possibly run, the past Republican vice president candidate Sarah Palin or billionaire Donald Trump, Ryan said he didn't think Palin was going to run and he didn't know enough about Trump to comment.

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