Destination 270

SMU Students Analyze the 2012 Presidential Election

Paul Ryan’s Future

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Even though he isn’t the Vice President in waiting, Paul Ryan’s time on the spotlight may serve him well for another run in the future.

The Alaska Dispatch reports how his run with Governor Romney will help him,”Even though Congressman Ryan will not step into the No. 2 position at the White House, his three-month campaign on the national ticket gave him in spades what most public servants seeking higher office spend millions to buy: name recognition.”
ABC News explores Ryan’s journey to where he is now and how his fiscal conservatism has won him supporters, “Ryan rose to prominence in Congress during his seven previous terms there, serving most recently as chairman of the House Budget Committee. He drew praise for his budget proposal, which became a controversial part of the Romney campaign when Ryan was announced as his running mate in August. ABC News
As he has secured his representation in Congress the question that remains is how his current prominence in national politics will translate, “Now, when he returns to Congress in 2013, many political watchers will be wondering where Ryan goes from here. Will his run as a vice presidential candidate boost his stature in the House, or will he follow the path of recent Veep candidates whose stature within their parties was significantly altered after their losses, including Sarah Palin, John Edwards, and the soon-to-be-retired Joe Lieberman?”
In a few years conservatives may be sporting Rubio-Ryan 2016 bumper stickers.
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