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Ryan: “These are the stakes of this generation defining moment”

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January 27, 2016 | Ian Martorana (202-225-3031) | comments
WASHINGTON, DC — On Monday morning, Wisconsin’s First District Congressman and speaker of the House, Paul Ryan, spoke with WTAQ’s Jerry Bader.

Excerpts of Ryan’s remarks follow.

Promoting bottom-up leadership in Congress:
“More importantly, members . . . want a fair process and they don’t want a Congress that bottles up the process or a leadership that concentrates power, pre-determines the outcome of everything, and does not give them a fair chance at legislating.”

“So I think they understand that . . . I’m doing that and opening up the process so people have a fair crack at making their points made. Maybe they won’t win today, but at least they have a fair chance and it’s really that process that the Freedom Caucus was yearning for, which is only natural if you believe in the constitution and the competition of ideas.”

Unifying Republicans:
“What unifies Republicans and unifies conservatives is being for something, is having an agenda. It is taking the principles that we all believe in and applying those principles to the problems of the day and producing solutions and advancing those solutions. They will not go into law this year. I can guarantee you that. Why? Barack Obama is president. Harry Reid has 46 senators, enough to mount a filibuster. But that shouldn’t stop us from moving forward and offering the country our alternatives and ideas so they can see that if the people in the election remove these roadblocks by giving us a Republican president and maintaining a Republican Senate then what we can achieve and that’s what we’re trying to do this year.”

Having a mandate and providing a choice:
“I think people deserve a choice in this country. I just think that those of us who are very upset with the direction America is headed—we need to show people tangible results and a tangible plan to get our country back on track . . . . We need to put a plan out there and show this is what we can and will do if you give us the ability to do so. So it’s basically asking the country for permission for putting an agenda in place so if we win this election, we earn a mandate.”

“I just think it’s an honest election: tell people who you are, what you believe, and what you’ll do if elected, and then do it. And because the consequences are just so high, from a national security standpoint, from an economic security standpoint, from the future of America to the legacy of what kind of country we want to leave our children and grandchildren; these are the stakes of this generation defining moment. We should honor it for what it is and give the people a clear choice so that we can earn the ability to get this right; to fix this.”
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