Mitch Daniels, Jeb Bush Promote Paul Ryan Presidential Bandwagon

If Rep. Paul Ryan is going to run an effective presidential campaign, he better get in the race soon because Romney and Perry are laying down some big markers in the early GOP nominating contests. Tim Alberta at the NationalJournal has more:

Despite passing on a presidential bid of his own, Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels still wants to play a role in the race — by promoting the potential candidacy of Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis.

“I don’t think it’s a secret that he was strongly encouraging me to try. I’ve been strongly encouraging him to run as well,” Daniels said. “He has all the qualities our party needs to be emphasizing in these election.”

Daniels rejected the notion that Ryan missed his chance to run by waiting too long, citing the instant buzz surrounding Texas Gov. Rick Perry‘s recently-launched campaign. “It’s not too late. If it’s not too late for Rick Perry, it’s not to late for Paul,” Daniels said. “I’m a more-the-merrier kind of guy about the primary field. Absolutely there’s time.”

Daniels isn’t the only prominent Republican on the Ryan bandwagon. Former Florida governor Jeb Bush also boosted a possible Ryan candidacy, telling the Weekly Standard he would be a “formidable candidate.”

“I admire his substance and energy. Win or lose, he would force the race to be about sustained, job-creating economic growth and the real policies that can achieve it,” Bush said.

Ryan, a fiscal hawk, is one of the Republican Party’s rising stars — but has been maligned by liberals for his controversial budget proposal, which, among other things, would transform Medicare into a voucher program.

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