It was a tough 2012 for Paul Ryan. The republican nominees lost the presidential election, his budget plan was less than well received, and Ryan was locked in his closest election to date with Democrat Rob Zerban. And if that wasn't enough, Paul Ryan's financial portfolio missed out on some fantastic gains.

That's right, folks, while here at The Motley Fool we believe, as Warren Buffett does, in finding great companies with the hopes of holding them forever, not everyone agrees -- in many cases, to their detriment. So, today, with a little help from our friends at, we were able uncover that although Ryan's portfolio holds some great investments, five stocks in particular were dumped in 2012 that went on to have superb runs.

Check out the slides below to see for yourself the five stocks Paul Ryan shouldn't have sold in 2012.

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