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Paul Ryan for Senate?

8:30 AM, May 16, 2011 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
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To expand on this comparison, the list of Daniels’s advantages over Ryan begins and ends with this: He has executive experience (something that tenure in the Senate wouldn’t change for Ryan). Here are just a few of Ryan’s advantages over Daniels: He’s more charismatic and personally appealing; he’s a better debater and has already successfully squared off against Obama on the budget and on Obamacare; he hasn’t called for a “social truce”; he has more interest and expertise in foreign policy (governors have far less to do with foreign policy than congressmen do, and Daniels seems to have less interest in foreign policy than most governors); he’s been a leader in the ongoing fights in Washington about the future direction of the country; he wasn’t Bush’s budget director; he’s young and dynamic; and he’s not afraid to criticize the president in strong, yet civil, language; and he (perhaps alone) can unite the party’s establishment and Tea Party — and social, economic, and defense — wings.

When asked about running for president, Ryan likes to say that his head isn’t that big, and his kids are too small. But our nation’s problems are too big, and our window of opportunity is too small.  We need him to run — and not for the Senate. Ryan is too gifted, and this is his time. Duty calls.

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