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Ryan: Showing What We Are for Will Bring Us to a Better Place

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April 13, 2016 | Ian Martorana (202-225-3031) | comments
WASHINGTON, DC — Yesterday, Wisconsin’s First District congressman and speaker of the House, Paul Ryan, spoke with WISN’s Jay Weber and WTAQ’s Jerry Bader.

Excerpts of Ryan’s answers follow: Helping create a #ConfidentAmerica:

“I believe . . . I have a unique opportunity and duty to help . . . prepare a conversation [to] take a clear and compelling choice to the voters by saying, ‘Here is an agenda that gets America back on track. Here is an agenda using our conservative principles and applying them to the problems of the day,’ so that the country gets a really clear choice on how to get us back on track and go in a better direction. That to me is a very important role that needs to be played and I believe because of the trust that’s been given to me by my colleagues.”

“This agenda project has got to get done and I think it needs to get done now so we can have the kind of fall that we want. And so what I think I can contribute to this cause is regardless of who that nominee is going to be.”

“[We need] an optimistic vision. We need to be the alternative party; a proposition party, not just an opposition party.  When my colleague entrusted me with this job, I was making [the point] that we have to transition from simply being the opposition party showing what we’re against to showing what we are for. Showing what we are for will bring us to a better place. That to me is the role I can play.”

Restoring Article I powers:

“This is one of our big items on our agenda this fall. We call it the Article I project. How do we restore government of the people and by the people by restoring Article I of the Constitution so that it is Congress, the representative branch of government, which actually writes our laws, not the executive branch? This is a piece of that narrative; a chapter of that story, which is, this administration, and previous administrations, have abused their powers. And what that means to us as citizens is our government doesn’t actually work for us. We want our government to responsive to us and if we don’t like our government we can actually impact change at the ballot box, and unfortunately, with the executive going like this, this is less and less the case. And so that’s what we’re trying to do here by standing up for the Constitution.”

Visiting American allies in the Middle East:

“So I wanted to go, number one to show solidarity and support because we have a common cause, we have a common enemy. And number two, learn about what we need to do to have a more comprehensive strategy to actually defeat ISIS and radical Islamic terrorism. That’s exactly why I chose to do this. This I think is a front-and-center issue on the campaign and we need to do more because I don’t think the current strategy—not that we actually have one—is working.”
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