Speaker Ryan on Face the Nation: ‘We Can Reignite the Enthusiasm for the American Idea’

John Boehner

In an appearance on CBS News’s Face the Nation, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) made the case for offering a bold, conservative agenda to the country that restores the American Idea, helps lifts people out of poverty, and provides clear alternatives to the Left’s policies. Below are excerpts from his conversation with host John Dickerson:

“We believe in growth and prosperity and security—all those things are in real deep jeopardy.” “I really think the country’s on a bad path, a dangerous path. I think we could lose what’s so unique about our country—this American Idea the condition of your birth doesn’t determine the outcome of your life. We believe in growth and prosperity and security—all those things are in real deep jeopardy. . . .can we offer the country a really clear and compelling choice that’s not divisive but inclusive, that’s inspirational, that’s pro-growth? That’s what I’m trying to do.”

We can reignite the enthusiasm for the American Idea.” “If we’re telling our fellow citizens, pay your taxes, government’s gonna fix poverty, Washington’s got a bureaucracy that will take care of this—that’s not going to work. That’s what we’ve been doing for 50 years. But if we say, you, each and every one of us in America needs to get involved so that we can, in our communities, help a person, and if we can remove those barriers that are making harder for people to rise and get an economic growth that is growing the economy everywhere, then we can reignite the enthusiasm for the American Idea, the American Dream, reconnect people to it.”

“We want to help people…so they can meet their potential and flourish.” “Instead of treating the symptoms of poverty so people can tolerate it more, let’s get them out of poverty. And so I think what the Left ends up doing is they speak to people as if they’re stuck in their current station in life and government’s here to help them cope with it. We really should reject that. We want to help people get out of the fix they’re in and get on to a better life so that they can meet their potential and flourish.” 

“People are hurting, and we need to offer a solution.” “My goal is that we, as Republicans—if we don’t like these laws, don’t like the direction the country is going, I think we have to be more than just an opposition party. We have to be a proposition party. So if we don’t like this, we got to show how we would do things differently. And we really think Obamacare is failing, whether it’s premiums, restricted access, higher deductibles, families losing the insurance that they wanted to keep. And that’s happening all across the country. People are hurting, and we need to offer a solution.”

Recent Interviews:
Fox News’s Special Report with Bret Baier, January 8
Yahoo News with Katie Couric, January 6
The Lars Larson Show, January 6
Fox News’s Hannity, January 5

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