Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan vows quick decision on Senate bid

CHICAGO (AP) — Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan says his decision about whether to run for the U.S. Senate to
replace retiring Democrat Herb Kohl will depend on where he thinks he can be most effective in dealing with the
nation’s debt crisis.

Ryan spoke to reporters Monday after delivering a speech on his economic plan to the Economic Club of Chicago.

He answered “yes” when asked whether his position as chairman of the powerful House Budget Committee might give him
more influence than as the junior senator from Wisconsin.

Ryan says he’ll make his decision “very quickly.”

He says his proposal to turn Medicare into a voucher program would not hurt him if he decides to run for Senate
because he’s talked about it for years and has “a long relationship with Wisconsinites.”

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Wisconsin Republican congressman Paul Ryan says he might decide as early as this week whether to
run for Senate to replace retiring Democratic Sen. Herb Kohl.

Ryan is chairman of the powerful House Budget Committee.

Appearing Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Ryan said his family and supporters just started digesting the
idea.

Other possible candidates include Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen, former Rep. Mark Neumann, who lost in
the Republican gubernatorial primary last year, and a pair of brothers who lead the Wisconsin Legislature and are
closely tied to Walker and his anti-union plan — Scott and Jeff Fitzgerald.

Kohl’s surprise retirement creates at least eight open seats that could help determine the balance of power in the
Senate.