MADISON, Wis. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan says he won’t run for president next year.

The Republican congressman from Wisconsin issued a statement Monday saying he appreciates supporters urging him to seek the 2012 nomination, but he hasn’t changed his mind about staying out of the race.

Ryan chairs the House Budget Committee and crafted a GOP budget plan this year aimed at slashing federal spending on programs such as Medicare.

The congressman from Janesville says he hopes the GOP will nominate a candidate committed to an agenda that “restores the promise and prosperity of our exceptional nation.”

He added that he’s grateful to his constituents for the chance to advance that effort in Congress.

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Comments (8)
  1. Tom says:

    Thats a bummer! One less nutjob to make fun of!

    And I was looking forward too hearing his theme music which would have been the theme from “the munsters” since he looks like Eddie Munster!

  2. George Williston says:

    That’s probably the best decision he’s made yet!

  3. TL says:

    doesnt happen very often but finally…a smart decision by a republican….no if he can just convince the other GOP’er candidates that its a lost cause…that would be great.

  4. Ha Ha Ha says:

    What size hat does this bozo wear?

  5. jimmy says:

    I’m not going to run either.

    1. Walter M says:

      That’s disappointing, Jimmy. I was looking forward to “getting the band back together.”

  6. JFK says:

    He is an impressive person. He’s quite youthful, so he will have other chances. He’s been very effective as a congressman.

    1. jimmy says:

      I’m sorry JFK I’m not going to run

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