Bummer – Paul Ryan Says He’s Not Running

I thought Rep. Paul Ryan would have made a fine addition to the GOP presidential primary field. But apparently it’s not to be. According to The Weekly Standard Ryan said he isn’t running.

Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan has decided for a final time that he will not run for president in 2012, THE WEEKLY STANDARD has learned. Ryan, who began seriously considering a bid in late May after Indiana governor Mitch Daniels took himself out of the race, had consulted with top Republicans, including Karl Rove and Frank Luntz, as he contemplated his political future. And though many of those he talked with told him he would be a viable candidate in such a fluid race, even as a late entry, Ryan ultimately decided to continue his focus on debt and entitlement reform as chairman of the House Budget Committee.

Follow the link for Ryan’s statement on the subject. On the bright side, having Ryan in a House leadership position will come in handy should the GOP take the presidency and a majority in the Senate next November.

Update: Scared Monkeys linked – thanks!