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Readers have kept up the Paul Ryan 2012 drumbeat. Yesterday morning, after asking them why they thought Paul Ryan should run for President, we published a collection of the reasons they gave, followed by an additional installment as more continued to write in.
Late into last night, they continued to send in their thoughts on why they think Ryan should run. Here’s the third and final collection of readers' reasons why, in the words of one of them who says he hasn't voted in 24 years, Ryan represents the kind of "hope and change we can believe in."
Dear Congressman Ryan: I strongly encourage you to run for President. You have been our family’s choice from the beginning. You have all the qualities and experience and expertise our country needs right now. You are the right one to articulate to the American people what needs to be done to reverse course for our country and create economic prosperity once again. You are the one to make the clear choice between the failed policies of Obama and the conservative policies of a Ryan administration. You inspire us all with your passion and patriotism and love for our country. We support you!
Alice - San Antonio, TX
He has a plan. He is likable. He is not afraid to debate the opposition. He is intelligent in a practical way (unlike the president's "brilliant" empty transcripts). He is a good campaigner and will not make as many gaffes. He will unite the party better than many of the others. His record in congress is far superior to that of Barry's. He will be looked upon by donors as a serious candidate. He will attract independents.
Rep. Ryan: Please run for President - you are able to articulate what needs to be done very capably. You also know how to do it without demonizing or alienating the people we need to get on our side. Your country needs you badly right now.
Paul Ryan is one of the few people in Washington who knows what fiscal responsibility is. Our country needs a leader who can shift the focus of this great nation away from entitlement spending and class warfare; setting the goal back towards job creation. As valuable as Congressman Ryan is in crafting sound economic legislation, his expertise is now needed at an executive level.
Scott - Salt Lake City, UT
I have not heard anyone besides Paul Ryan articulate how imperative it is that our leaders deal with the coming insolvency of our great country. I have 4 kids and hate to think of the legacy that has been set in place for them.
Our country cannot survive another four years of big government spending and intrusion into the economy. Paul Ryan is the person best able to articulate clearly and succinctly the arguments for limited government. We need you, Representative Ryan to run - please.
Sherry - St. Petersburg, FL
There is no one better than Paul Ryan to make the argument for reduced government spending and putting our nation's finances on a sustainable path. No one.
Bill - Chicago, IL
Young, intelligent, family oriented, values based, excellent debater, most knowledgeable person in Washington on our biggest problem – deficit spending, able to explain ideas to all voters, willing to take on tough issues, concerned about First Principles.
Ken - Pacific Palisades, CA
Congressman Ryan: I strongly urge you to run for President in 2012. No other current GOP candidate, in my opinion, has a coherent plan to get Washington's fiscal house in order. You alone have studied the problems and most importantly, display the necessary will to put us back on a path to prosperity for future generations. God speed!
Nancy - Niles, IL
Please run for President, Congressman Ryan! We need someone knowledgeable and persuasive to make the case for fiscal sanity. The other Republican candidates are good but not great--you would be great! The country needs you!
Lynn - Waco, TX
We need someone who is willing to make the case for meaningful entitlement reform and fiscal responsibility. Please consider running for President.
Laura - Hillsdale, MI
The shared sacrifice of American Decline is over, the path to prosperity, opportunity, liberty, respect, responsibility and belief in Individual Americans, financial responsibility to our children and ourselves, and the relighting of the Beacon of Freedom to the World held by America's principled strength and spirit renews with Paul Ryan's first step to the Presidency.
Gregg - Santa Fe, NM
My first daughter was born on 15 August. You are one of the only people who really understands the dangers to the fiscal stability and opportunity of our children. You may not want to run, for family reasons or because you think you can't, but you have displayed yourself to be better, more principled, and more articulate than the rest of the available candidates.
Craig - Adelphi, MD
Dear Paul: As a new supporter, I am urging you to run as the GOP candidate for President in the 2012 election. I am a WW2 veteran and have voted (GOP) in many elections but have yet to witness a person with the capabilities that you have so ably demonstrated. Our country's future is really at stake and you are the person to turn it around.
Bill - Santa Rosa, CA
Our economy is in dire straits, President Obama has no clue what he is doing, and Paul Ryan is the man with the plan. We need a President that is willing to seriously overhaul our system of extreme government manipulation of the economy through entitlement reform, tax reform, and sound money. End the Fed, and Paul Ryan for President in 2012!
Steve - Brooklyn, NY
Congressman Ryan should run because he has the best plan for fixing the entitlement spending that is sending us over the cliff. He is a responsible and honest man who truly understands the issues facing us. We need his leadership now more than ever.
Dan - St. Louis, MO
My husband and I wrote several months ago urging Paul Ryan to run for President. We feel he is the right man for our country at this time. He seems to be the only qualified person to take on Obama. For some reason, Obama has a stronghold on our Nation. Paul Ryan seems to be the only person qualified to wake the sleeping giants-the people. PLEASE Congressman Ryan, run for President!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Kristine & Bradley - Woodinville, WA
Dear Congressman Ryan: I truly believe your vision is ideally suited to lead our country on a better course.. As President Truman once said, "Men make history and not the other way around. In periods where there is no leadership, society stands still. Progress occurs when courageous, skillful leaders seize the opportunity to change things for the better."
Dr.Sam - Virginia
I strongly support Paul Ryan for President, and Marco Rubio for Vice President. My support for both men is based on my belief that they are both articulate and passionate about the perilous state of our beloved country. They will be able to debate the issues with truth and strength.
Sally - Cathedral City, CA
Dear Congressman Ryan: Your boldness, honesty, intregrity, and exceptional understanding of the budget details and programs make you qualified to undertake and complete the difficult finanical and economic issues the USA is facing. As President, I am confident you would rekindle Americans to dedicate themselves to making Amerca great again. Please run for President. American yearns for a fresh candidate who is capable of resolving the issues we face.
Mr. Ryan should run for President because he is the most articulate and effective national voice for limited government since Ronald Reagan. He can articulate not only the strategy and tactics to limit government power and spending, but why it is important. I believe Congressman Ryan represents conservatives' best opportunity to build a majority electorate and governing consensus to achieve limited government and restore public confidence.
Michael - Memphis, TN
Dear Rep. Ryan: Yes, there are some pretty good conservatives already in the field, but your command of economic issues and your ability to communicate about them are simply superior. You've spent a lot of years doing the homework others haven't cared to, and now you are the person best prepared to stand at the debate podium opposite Mr. Obama, and make clear to the American people why our spending, deficits and taxation are ruinous. I've never given a penny to a political campaign, but I owe it to my children to start with you, and will gladly skip my summer vacation for a year to make a meaningful contribution to your campaign.
Eric - Ruidoso, NM
Paul Ryan should run for president because we need him to. America needs a leader willing to put his ideas on the table, and willing to reconsider them if need be. He has continually offered precise plans to restore our long term financial outlook. I'm very interested to hear his thoughts on the deteriorating global condition and where he thinks we need to be.
John - Liverpool, NY
It has been nearly 24 years since I was able to cast a vote for the presidency with any degree of enthusiasm and conviction. Not since Ronald Reagan have I been able to vote with confidence that we were electing a man who represented our conservative beliefs and values. I am hoping Representative Ryan will run to enable Americans like me to once again cast our ballots with pride as he represents the hope and change we believe in.
Rep. Ryan has a good handle on how to solve a number of America's ills. There hasn't been a Presidential candidate who's expressed such a clear vision for correcting a number of problems that makes as much sense as Ryan's plan since Ronald Reagan ran for office. Ryan would represent such a stunning example of [how] genuine poise and talent and smarts [can come] together to form a "roadmap" for America, which would contrast so favorably with Barak Obama's un-teleprompted verbal fumblings and old-school failed socialism. [He would make ]the current President’s success at reelection to be virtually inconceivable.
Anthony - Wakefield, MA
Paul Ryan: I hope you decide to run for President. You are the only one who seems willing and able to talk about the entitlement programs and put forward real ideas for fixing them. This is the most important issue of our day and we need someone who can help get some real change so we can have a smaller government or at least a government that spends our money more responsibly. This country needs a leader who can change the attitude from "what can the government give me" to "I'm am American and I can make it on my own!"
Suzanne - Portland, OR
Our country is in crisis, and we need an intelligent, common-sense, courageous leader. I understand that your budget committee work is tremendously important, but you can do even more for our country as President.
Judy - Vienna, VA
Rep. Ryan: Please run for President - you are able to articulate what needs to be done very capably.
You also know how to do it without demonizing or alienating the people we need to get on our side. Your country needs you badly right now.
David - Orange, CA