Morning Joe | February 05, 2013
>> diamond jim . he has the executive editor at "politico." you know that by now. good morning.
>> that was one heck of an introduction. i like that.
>> wasn't that great? you an ihop man? you want a short stack?
>> i go to one in alexander and must admit take the kids there occasionally.
>> of course, you do. everybody likes ihop.
>>> going behind the curtains with congressman paul ryan after that run for vice president in 2012 . what are we looking at the next four years, maybe 2016 and even beyond that.
>> we were surprised talking to his friends who he is consulting with since the election and how cool he is to the idea running in 2016 . our assumption is he was interested in running. what they're telling us is he really wants to do this medicare plan he laid out a couple years ago and do big budget cuts. to do that, he sees his path to power more in congress and suggested to friends he might be open to running for leadership, majority speaker down the road something in the past he had no interest in because he wanted to pursue a policy path. i think it shows he's had the taste of the power of running on a national stage and i think wants to be a bigger and bigger player internally for republicans. you've seen it already. the guy who helped craft the debt ceiling plan. when he puts out that budget that is the document republicans have to run on the next two years because it has severe spending cuts on the domestic side because they have to balance the budget in ten years, a mighty task because they don't want to raise taxes.
>> he has no interest in the sheer grind of campaigning. it's hard to see him having what it takes to run for president in 2016 . is that even in his mind? is that a possibility for him?
>> i don't think he's ever rule it out having been the veep last time and having national statutostature and i do think you have to wapt badly and willing to go for two years that state to state, talking to folks at the grassroots and i don't think he really likes that. likes the idea of spending some time with his family and work the halls of congress. the next two years are about austerity for the republican party . that would be really tough to run for president trying to partially privatize medicare and cut domestic spending across the board.
>> quickly, paul ryan , does he have what it takes to run for president?
>> i think his kids are too young. he has a lot of strengths and not really where his mind and heart is.
>> we look at the playbook, thanks so much.
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