Then again, Paul Ryan is pretty sure Obama would lose if the election were held today.
RCP: President Obama won Wisconsin by 14 points last year, yet a poll released last week showed your friend Russ Feingold trailing a potential challenger, Tommy Thompson. What's your sense of where the voters are this year in Wisconsin, and is that a seat Republicans can pick up?
RYAN: It is. I think they're trending just like the rest of the country. That election was sort of an anomaly. John McCain pulled out about six weeks out, Obama stayed in. Bush lost the state by less than 1 percent both elections. So it's a tighter state than you think, and I believe that poll -- I think Tommy would beat Russ if he got in the race.
RCP: Did you ever consider taking on Feingold this year?
RYAN: I did think about the race. I just feel like where I am as the head of the Budget committee and senior member of the Ways and Means committee, I can do more for the cause and for my state and country -- at this time, where I am right now -- than if I were a junior senator and stuck in a Senate race right now.
RCP: What about in two years when Senator Herb Kohl comes up for re-election?
RYAN: Yeah, in the future I may run for something else in Wisconsin.
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