RSC in the News
Ryan Latest in Long Line of VP Candidates from Conservative House Caucus
While many presidential candidates head to the convention podium with an Ivy League degree in their back pockets, a majority of Republican vice presidential candidates in the last 24 years have come with a common qualification on their resumes.
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney‘s selection of Wisconsin Republican Rep. Paul Ryan as his running mate continued a trend of Republican vice presidential candidates with resumes boasting former and, now with Ryan, current membership, in the Republican Study Committee (RSC).
Six of the last seven presidential elections, and four of the last five tickets have featured RSC vice presidential candidates — former Vice President Dan Quayle (1988 and 1992), former Housing Secretary Jack Kemp (1996), former Vice President Dick Cheney (2000 and 2004), and now Ryan (2012). Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin in 2008 was the one anomaly in that 24 year trend.
The caucus exists as pressure group to push the House Republican conference in a more conservative direction. Membership is often considered a mark of conservatism.
Ryan reportedly joined RSC during his first term in Congress. While the GOP vice presidential candidate is already shaping the debate, according to RSC, he has been an influential figure in the currently 170-member strong group focused “advancing a conservative social and economic agenda in the House of Representatives.”
“Paul Ryan is a great pick,” RSC Chairman Jim Jordan said in a statement to TheDC. “There is no one better at making the case for what needs to be done to put America back on the right path.”
While the group has offered alternatives to Ryan’s budget, RSC explained to TheDC that Ryan’s ideas have helped shaped RSC proposals for tax reform, Medicaid, Medicare, spending, and at least one House rules change.