Romney would 'hate to lose' Ryan as future presidential candidate

Romney would 'hate to lose' Ryan as future presidential candidate
© Getty Images

Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyDemocrats broaden probe into firing of State Department watchdog Coronavirus and America's economic miracle Former Romney strategist joins anti-Trump Lincoln Project MORE said Sunday that he would "hate to lose" Rep. Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanTwitter joins Democrats to boost mail-in voting — here's why Lobbying world John Ratcliffe is the right choice for director of national intelligence — and for America MORE (R-Wis.) as a potential presidential candidate amid speculation that Ryan might be the next Speaker.

ADVERTISEMENT

"It's really tough decision for him and I'm sure a personal one," Romney, who tapped Ryan as his 2012 running mate, said during an interview on CNN's "State of the Union."

"I see Paul as one of the people coming along that has the potential to lead our country," Romney continued. "There haven't been a lot of people that have gone on from Speaker to the White House, so I would hate to lose him."

Ryan has faced pressure to mount a bid for Speaker since House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) ended his bid to replace John Boehner (R-Ohio).

Romney said he would support Ryan’s decision about political future whether he acquiesces to the pressure to run for Speaker or not.

"If he became Speaker of the House in the near term, that's also a crucial spot," he said.

"We need Paul in two spots at once," Romney continued. "He is a man of such talent and such integrity and such character that he's a real resource for the country, so whether it's not for the Speakership or whether we see him hold on and ultimately become potentially a candidate for president, I don't know. It's his decision, but I'm just glad to know him and know we have in our quiver."