Ryan to throw his hat in the ring?

Paul Ryan attracted a national media spotlight with his federal budget roadmap. Now Stephen Hayes documents for The Weekly Standard the interest among some top conservatives and Republicans in putting Ryan forward as a presidential candidate.

An article posted Wednesday lists Mitch Daniels, Jeb Bush, John Boehner, Jim Jordan, and Bill Bennett among those urging Ryan to run.

Hayes offered an update last night.

Wisconsin governor Scott Walker added his voice to a growing chorus of conservative leaders calling on Congressman Paul Ryan to join the Republican presidential race. Walker, one of the country’s most popular figures with rank-and-file Republicans, says that Ryan’s leadership on the difficult issues is what the country needs now.

“Paul Ryan is one of the most courageous people I know,” Walker said. “Now, more than ever, we need a president with courage. We need leaders who care more about the next generation than they do about the next election. That’s Paul.”

Mitch Kokai / Senior Political Analyst

Mitch Kokai is senior political analyst for the John Locke Foundation. He joined JLF in December 2005 as director of communications. That followed more than four years as chie...

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