Does the number two from the Romney 2012 presidential campaign now want to be number one? Here's why Republican Congressman Paul Ryan said (on Fox News Sunday) that he was optimistic about both parties working out a budget compromise:
"I think there are things we can do that don't offend either party's philosophy and doesn't require anyone to surrender their principles to make a good downpayment on getting this debt and deficity under control."
The current divisions in Congress over the budget and the sequester drama may be another opportunity for Congressman Ryan to showcase his conservative cred. Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich has been following the budget fights.