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Ryan: “I want us to renew the American Idea”

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November 30, 2015 | Ian Martorana (202-225-3031) | comments
WASHINGTON, DC — This morning, Wisconsin’s First District Congressman and speaker of the House, Paul Ryan, spoke with WISN’s Jay Weber.

Excerpts of Ryan’s remarks follow:

On moving the country forward:
“What matters to me as a citizen . . . is someone who will offer an alternative, not just a criticism of the status quo; we’ve got that down. We can’t just be an opposition party, we have to be a proposition party.”

“I don’t like divisive identity politics, I don’t like . . . dividing people and appealing to people [based] on what divides us. I want us to unify; I want us to inspire; I want us to be optimistic; I want us to get back to who we are and renew the American Idea . . . . That’s the kind of leadership I think we need.”

On the Syrian refugee crisis:
“When ISIS is telling us that they are trying to infiltrate the refugee population, it’s only reasonable and practical to put a pause on the program and make sure the proper security guards are in place, especially when our own security people [are] telling us they don’t have those proper security safeguards in place. On a bipartisan basis, we passed with overwhelming support, this [refugee] bill . . . . I’m hopeful that the president sees it our way. I’m hopeful that the president comes around and listens to his own security people, so we can get this done.”
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