Paul Ryan’s Republican Response to the State of the Union Proves To Be a Hit

Bookmark and Share On this night, while our President rightfully took center stage as he addressed the condition of our nation and plotted his plans for its future, another man demonstrated himself to be a sincere, respectful and effective spokesman for the loyal opposition that disagrees not with the forward direction for our nation to go in, but thepath to take in take in that direction.

In his response to the Presidents State of the Union, Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan had a significantly smaller amount of time than President Obama to make the case for Republicans. While the President took nearly 45 minutes to make his, and had a significantly larger audience paying attention to him, Congressman Ryan had a ten minute window of opportunity to achieve the goal of keeping peoples mind open to the Republicans approach to governance during the course of this next year. And he did it. (see his response below)

Ryans speech was a personable and compelling presentation not of the differences that Republicans have with Democrats but of the differences between Republicans and Democrats. Right off the bat, he brought to the life how the newly led Republican House began address to the issue of fiscal responsibility by cutting its own budget and adopting new spending restraints.

As Ryan continued, while he laid blame for the budget deficit that he described as the greatest problem we face today, at the feet of both political parties, he convincingly argued for the type of fiscal responsibility that he, as the Chairman of the House Budget Committee will fight for and needs our support in.

He contrasted the intended economic path that he and his Republican colleagues wish to plot for us with that of the record levels of spending that President Obama and the previously Democrat controlled Congress took us on.

Ryan held the President and Democrats accountable for trying to pass off reckless spending as effective economic investment. He held the opposition Partys feet to the fire on a healthcare reform mandates that businesses and unions allover the nation are seeking waivers from in an attempt to avoid crushing bureaucratic expenses that will break their backs.

Congressman Ryans speech was one which brought to light many of the reasons for the current state of nation and impressed upon all Americans that the issue that is currently to our greatest detriment is looming debt. He reminded us that while nations like The U.K., Ireland and Greece have already succumbed to the fallout of massive spending and spending, the United States has not yet fallen into the disarray that they have but is about to.

But through all the facts and through all the generalities which he used to paint a picture of how Republicans intend to lead us while working with the President, it was Ryans presentation that helped carry his message over the finish line. Paul Ryan was articulate, passionate, confident and with a look that was straight in our eyes, he offered the G.O.P. a response that was convincing and to be proud of.

One of the most memorable lines of the night, of either speech given,while offering a contrast between the different roles that Republicans andDemocrats see for government in our lives, Ryan politely but powerfully stated;

“Limited government also means effective government. When government takes on too many tasks, it usually doesnt do any of them very well. Its no coincidence that trust in government is at an all-time low now that the size of government is at an all-time high.”

That line was typical of those that that Ryan responsibly articualted as he reinforced the guiding principles behind Republican policy intentions. Another memorable quote presented itself when Ryan reminded us that it is no coincidence that Americans trust in government is now at its lowest as government is at its largest.

In the end, the Republican response to the Presidents State of the Union will not get the mileage that President Obamas speech will for him and the agenda he put forth for our nation, but it has helped keep many American minds open to the Republicans legislative approach to improving our economy, especially under Ryans leadership as Chairman of the House Budget Committee.

Paul Ryan has made it clear that he does intend to run for President and it is safe to say that he wont be on the top of the ticket in 2012. However, after tonight, Paul Ryan is very likely going to be on the short list of vice presidential options for the man or woman his at the top of the ticket.

Despite the charade of some Democrats sitting in the Presidents audience with some Republicans, the undeniable political and ideological divide that exists in Congress as well as with in the hearts and minds of American voters, will not allow for democrats to praise Paul Ryans response. Indeed Republican partisans may at most only provide President Obama with polite passing words. But within the existing partisan divide, Congressman Paul Ryan was able to deliver a partisan message in a way that allowed many to see him as very viable bridge in that political divide.

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The Tea Party Response To The State Of The Union….Hey Michelle, The Camera Is Over Here.

Bookmark and Share With the State of the Union Address behind us the country can decide how they chose to interpret the message the President gave. But what will they think of the message or to be more specific, message(s), that the GOP gave in response? In this authors humble opinion it may not have been the proper strategy to put forth 2 messages from 2 different GOP Representatives to one message given by the President. A message which was built up all week under the premise of coming together as legislators to govern. The Republican’s couldn’t even come together for a common response.

Paul Ryan‘s giving the official Republican response,” House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) told reporters Monday. “And Michele Bachmann, just as the other 534 members of the House and Senate, are going to have opinions as to the State of the Union. Again, this is a process that happens every year, and I look forward to all comments, but it’s Paul Ryan that’s giving the official Republican [response].”

The opposition party traditionally delivers a speech following the president’s address. GOP leaders selected Republican Rep. Paul Ryan (Wis.) to offer this year’s official Republican response. But the Tea Party Express, a national small-government group, asked Minnesota Rep. Michelle Bachmann to deliver a separate tea party response via its website. The speech was also carried live on CNN, who has never been known to be a GOP friendly media outlet.

I believe Paul Ryan did a good job in the ‘official’ response. He pointed out the spending that was proposed by the President and the fact that we were told the same things the last time around. He was candid and at the same time was optimistic that both sides could do what was right for the country. Realistic? If history repeats itself, probably not, but it is what America wants to hear. Ryan did a good job in being firm yet not too confrontational on a night in which the country saw a show of unity within the halls of Congress. He gave a general direction of where we are at and where the GOP wants to take us and he did it with style.

Bachmann’s response was a bit more confrontational. She did not appear to be looking at the camera at any time. Whomever filmed the speech did a less than stellar job as she never once looked at the people whom she was addressing, and in my opinion, came off as a bit more rhetorical where as Ryan came off as more sincere. It was poor planning by the Tea Party Express. In a time dedicated to unity in the wake of the shooting of Rep. Giffords the second ‘un-official’ Tea Party response may have appeared to some that there is a huge split between the Republican party and the Tea Party. And after the responses to tonight’s State of the Union…Michelle Bachmann did not do the Tea Party any favors. In my opinion it may have been damaging in the long run. It seemed disconnected in more ways than one. But then again, the Tea Party has been never been considered part of the GOP establishment and in most instances, and it hasn’t seemed to hurt them.

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Rep. Paul Ryan’s Star Rises Just in Time for the 2012 Presidential Race

Bookmark and Share After President Obama delivers his annual State of the Union address, Republicans will respond in a speech that they have chosen Wisconsin Representative Paul Ryan to deliver. Ryan was chosen due in large part to the emphasis that the GOP wants to place on the national economy and issues such as the growing federal budget, spending and the national debt, all issues which few elected officials are as qualified to address as Paul Ryan is.

In addition to being a fiscally responsible deficit hawk, Ryan is the new chairman of the House Budget Committee, a position that makes him one of the most powerful men in government today. For Republicans, choosing Paul Ryan to respond to the President’s address is a wise one. Ryan is passionate about economic issues, especially when it concerns, smaller government, less spending and paying off our debt. He is also a man who does more than just offer talking points and criticism. He is a man of action and idea. In 2010 he put forward his own economic roadmap for America, a plan which he stands behind and which the G.O.P. would also be wise to unite behind.

Giving Ryan the national spotlight by having him issue the response to the President, confirms that Ryan is not only qualified to address the fiscal issues that the G.O.P. wants to focus on, but that Ryan is also a figure that people can trust and whom can articulate the cause convincingly and effectively. These are qualities that one looks for in a President and Ryan’s possession of these qualities is one of the reason why he is included in White House 2012’s list of contenders.

It is why he has nearly 13,500 fans than one of Ryan’s fans created for Facebook on a Ryan For President Facebook page. In fact after Rep. Ryan went face to face with President Obama and sparred with him over Obamacare in 2010, many blogs and articles such as this one in Red State, touted the future presidency of Paul Ryan.

But the Congressman quickly tried to put such talk to rest. The Weekly Standard once reported that at a fundraiser in In July of 2010, when asked if there’s any chance he would run for president, he replied “No, no there isn’t,” and added “I want to be a normal person,”. He then went to say, “Other people can run for that thing.”and then, while pointing to one of his young children, said; “Other people can’t do this”.

In February of 2010, told a Wisconsin television program host, “I’ll give you as Shermanesque a quote as I can,” said Ryan. “I am not going to run for president. I’m just not going to do it. My head’s not that big, and my kids are too small.” He added I am young and am not going to be a career politician. The complete interview can be viewed here. Later that same week in a Real Clear Politics interview reasserted that position but he did state that he would not rule out a 2012 run for the United States Senate against Democrat incumbent Herb Kohl.

Such a run would probably be more realistic than a run for President by the 40 year old Congressman at the moment, but people still hold out hope for seeing him in the Oval Office and if not in the Oval Office, than at least on the ticket as Vice President. In fact, one website suggests such a thing with Chris Christie running at the top of the ticket and Ryan holding the number two slot.

But while hope and speculation about a Ryan run for the White House make their rounds, it is worth noting that a 2012 run for the senate or on the GOP presidential ticket, would cost him his critically influential role in Congress as the House Budget Committee chairman, a position that few are more up to than Ryan. As for who Paul Ryan does look towards when considering the presidency, the budget conscience Congressman points to Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels and says; “He would be a great president,” He told the Weekly Standard “He looks like your accountant, but that’s not so bad maybe.” That assessment is founded on Ryan’s focus on the budget and his faith in his own economic roadmap, a major consideration which led him to say; “Are there [other] people who right now know these issues, have the principles, have the courage of their convictions, and are willing and able to defend them? Nobody comes to my mind,” But he added that “any one of these guys” interested in running for president could get up to speed on the Road Map.

Presidential politics aside, for now, after announcing Ryan as the man who will give the GOP response to President Obama’s State of the Union, Republicans should be pleased with the fact that our Party leadership is wise enough to acknowledge the fact that Congressman Ryan is the right man to take the lead on the budget and the economic issues facing us. And we should also be mindful that if Paul Ryan does indeed not participate in the 2012 presidential as a candidate himself, we should try to make sure that our ultimate nominee embraces Paul Ryan’s thinking and leadership on fiscal responsibility.

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