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The Republicans’ most recent vice presidential nominee says he needs to focus on his work in Congress, which has so far amounted to various efforts to rob the poor.

Ryan is famous for his nonsensical budgets, which aim to reduce the deficit by increasing it, as well as his workout regimen.

The Wisconsin representative is now chair of the House Ways and Means Committee. If you’ve seen Eddie Murphy’s 1992 classic, “The Distinguished Gentleman,” then you know Ways and Means is where the money is.

The next presidential election could be something of a blood bath. Many, many candidates are lining up to succeed President Obama. Ryan has a national profile, but he’s also relatively young, at 44, and has decided to wait for his bite at the apple.

Reuters:

“It’s clear our country needs a change in direction. And our party has a responsibility to offer a real alternative. So I’m going to do what I can to lay out conservative solutions and to help our nominee lead us to victory,” he said.

Ryan would have been a prominent contender in a highly competitive 2016 Republican field. Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush has said he is exploring a run, and Romney told donors on Friday he was still eyeing another bid.

Other potential contenders include Governors Rick Perry of Texas, John Kasich of Ohio and Chris Christie of New Jersey, along with Senators Ted Cruz of Texas, Rand Paul of Kentucky and Marco Rubio of Florida.

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— Posted by Peter Z. Scheer

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