"Dr. Knowledge" focuses on Ryan in 2016

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Greg Peck
November 21, 2012

The votes have barely been counted in the highly contentious presidential election this month, but "Dr. Knowledge," in the short “Knowledge in a Nutshell” nationally syndicated radio program heard weekdays on WCLO, was talking this morning about Janesville’s Paul Ryan and his potential for waging a successful presidential campaign in 2016.

Ryan, as we all know, was Republican Mitt Romney’s vice presidential candidate, but the duo fell short of ousting President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden on Nov. 6.

Though Ryan says he wants no part of such discussions now, some observers believe Ryan may well run for president in 2016. Dr. Knowledge suggested that, when considering history, Ryan's chances of waging a successful presidential campaign aren’t good.

Dr. Knowledge, in fact, said only one person who lost a vice presidential bid in the last 100 years was later elected president. That man, who failed in a VP bid when he teamed up with 1920 presidential candidate James Cox (Ohio’s governor) but won the presidency in 1932, was none other than Franklin D. Roosevelt. FDR went on to serve from 1933 through World War II to 1945—longer than any other U.S. president.

Given our nation’s history, Ryan would be a long shot in 2016.

Greg Peck can be reached at (608) 755-8278 or gpeck@gazettextra.com. Or follow him on Twitter or Facebook

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