Wisconsin Representative Paul Ryan says Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain’s 9-9-9 tax plan is a good start but would not commit to throwing his full support behind it. The author of the Republican budget spoke at the Indiana GOP’s fall dinner Friday.
Ryan says he thinks Cain’s tax plan is a big idea that can create more debate about tax reform.
“And hopefully what will come from that are other candidates will answer to his call to bring their plans and I think it’s a great dynamic,” he says.
Earlier Friday, Freedomworks, a national Tea Party organization, officially endorsed state treasurer Richard Mourdock in his Senate race against Dick Lugar. Though Ryan would not back either Mourdock or Lugar, he says the Tea Party is indispensible to the Republican Party.
“If it weren’t for the Tea Party, I don’t think we’d be anywhere near where we are today in advancing the cause of fiscal conservatism and economic liberty,” he says.
Ryan says, as head of the presidential campaign formation committee for the GOP, he will not be endorsing any Republican candidate in the primaries.