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Paul Ryan Slams Barack Obama in First TV Interview Since Election

On "Meet the Press," Wisconsin congressman and former Republican vice presidential candidate says Hillary Clinton would have done better job with economy than Obama has.

In his first live television interview since the November election, U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan Sunday blasted President Barack Obama for his handling of the economy and said the nation would be in better financial shape if Hillary Clinton were president.

Speaking on NBC's "Meet the Press," the former Republican vice presidential candidate said "we would have fixed this fiscal mess by now" if Clinton had been president, The Huffington Post reported.

Clinton, who is secretary of state, ran unsuccessfully against Obama in the 2008 Democratic primary. Clinton is considered the strongest potential Democratic presidential candidate in 2016, however, she has not indicated whether she would make another run for the nation's highest office.

In Sunday's interview, Ryan took a number of jabs at Obama, the Huffington Post said, at one point saying: "I don't think that the president thinks we actually have a fiscal crisis." Ryan even pulled out a chart to show host David Gregory the dangers of runaway government spending.

Ryan also predicted that the so-called "sequester" cuts, which Congress postponed for two months following the fiscal cliff deal at the beginning of this year, will likely take place, CNN.com reported. Those cuts would slash critical items from the budget of both defense and some non-defense aspects of the government to help save money.

Ryan said he doesn't think the country is facing a government shutdown this spring, but he said the sequester cuts will happen, CNN.com said.

"We can't lose those spending cuts. That was to pay for the last debt ceiling increase, let alone any future increases," Ryan told Gregory.

The congressman from Janesville also reflected on the presidential election, the Huffington Post reported.

"It was a great experience, I feel that I benefited tremendously from that," Ryan said. "Mitt Romney would have been one heck of a great president. He's a very good man. And the big regret I have is that we didn't win the election and that we weren't able to put the kinds of reforms that we think are right for the country in place."

Ryan's name often comes up as a possible presidential candidate in 2016, but when asked what he thought about running then, he said: "I don't."

“I think it’s just premature,” Mediaiate.com quoted Ryan as saying. “I’ve got a job to do. I represent Wisconsin, I’m chairman of the budget committee at the time we have a fiscal crisis.”

Until this weekend, Ryan had kept a relatively low profile after the November presidential election. On Saturday, Ryan spoke at a gathering of conservatives in Washington, D.C., where he said the Republican Party must avoid internal bickering in the wake of the losses in November, The Huffington Post reported.

Ryan's first public appearance in Wisconsin since the election came about two weeks ago, when he spoke at a Tea Party rally in Racine and blasted the federal Affordable Care Act.

John Wilson January 29, 2013 at 02:08 PM
The Anti–Alinsky – Happy Birthday, Dear Paulie! Today is your 43rd birthday; it is always comforting to see someone’s age catch up with their IQ! We will be going catfish noodling this morning, Bible thumpin’ this afternoon, P90X power training in the early evening, after that, we will sit around and read of those 200-year old Austrian economists – thoroughly debunked centuries ago – but Paulie is so in tune with them and thinks they are so relevant and insightful for the 21st century. AMC > Renault > Chrysler… “While a Congressman can help save a business, it takes a lot more than his effort.” Yes, however, it does take SOME effort. “The Jeep/Eagle Division of Chrysler was formed from the remains of AMC after Chrysler’s 1987 buyout. We certainly would not want to lay the blame for a business leaving the state on Ryan… it was probably Walker’s fault… not enough freedom from property taxes, business subsidies and that good ol’ “minimum wage labor.” I think Bren elucidated the use of the word “oversaw” for your cohort Chadwick earlier in this blog; perhaps you too might be capable of at least a little learning… September 13, 2007. "Delphi had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2005. In August, the company settled lawsuits by investors who accused the company's former managers of fraud.” Ryan helped them... Just another sterling example of how “businesses” works in Wisconsin.
yomammy January 29, 2013 at 02:08 PM
preach on brother Bottom. Dont worry, he soon will have 11 million more voters...
Brian Dey January 29, 2013 at 02:19 PM
The only hoe I have is that I'll have a little change left ovr at th end of presidency...
John Wilson January 29, 2013 at 02:20 PM
Brian Dey - When you win an election by a majority of the vote… you RULE! That’s the way it works in America, both for D’s & R’s. You may want to share that with your rather thick cohort, Frank McGruber, as, well, he’s a Republican, you know, and he just doesn’t quite get it.
Mike Itzenhuiser January 29, 2013 at 02:21 PM
Schmitzy must be a Muslim.
yomammy January 29, 2013 at 02:25 PM
but...but...but... "hope" solves everything!!!!...right? Hard work does not do anything for self betterment...I just need to hope instead (and join the FSA)
Keith Schmitz January 29, 2013 at 02:42 PM
Maybe, maybe not. But we know for a fact that you're a childish idiot.
Lyle Ruble January 29, 2013 at 03:20 PM
I can't bring myself to hold Rep. Ryan or any other politician responsible for the failure and or exiting of businesses from Wisconsin. Nor can I give credit to politicians for business creation. The decline of businesses in Wisconsin was due to many complicated forces, not the least of which was the transition from a local domestic economy to the global economy. Also the transition from heavy industrial manufacturing to light manufacturing and service. My issue with Paul Ryan is that he sits in a conservative reactionary ideological bubble. In times past, his extreme positions wouldn't account for anything and he wouldn't even be a footnote to history. If Ryan were able to be move more to the middle, then he might have a shot at higher office.
The Anti-Alinsky January 29, 2013 at 03:38 PM
John Wilson wrote: "...We certainly would not want to lay the blame for a business leaving the state on Ryan… it was probably Walker’s fault…" So now you've jumped ship to the anti-Walker side? and probably doesn't cut it, how about some facts for a change instead maligning people that don't agree with you? John also wrote: "I think Bren elucidated the use of the word “oversaw” for your cohort Chadwick earlier in this blog; perhaps you too might be capable of at least a little learning…" Bren attempted to refine "oversaw" to suit her argument. To oversee is to have an active SUPERVISORY role in the actual event. Sow how did Paul Ryan SUPERVISE the destruction of AMC, Delphi, and Chrysler in this state? Bren also attempted to tie Paul Ryan to Parker Pen, with: "Parker Pen's long death spiral also ended on Ryan's watch. " Long death spiral kind of indicates the company had been in trouble long before Mr. Ryan came on the scene. John also wrote: ""Delphi had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2005. In August, the company settled lawsuits by investors who accused the company's former managers of fraud.” Ryan helped them... " You got a link to that, or does that fall under your category of "probably"?
Eric January 29, 2013 at 03:47 PM
Lyle, I think Ryan is more pragmatic than you give him credit for. I believe when he put out the Medicare vouchers plan it was a negotiating poisition. Ryan calculated the other side would come back with a counter proposal. But in campaign season democrats decided it was better to critique Ryan than engage in Medicare reform discussions. Ryan modified his approach somewhat with a democratic co-sponsor to give seniors the options to stick with old Medicare or take the voucher option. I'm not defending Ryan's policy, but I give him credit for taking risk. The democrats at the national level made marginal gains, so, it appears their tactic to avoid offering a solutuion to the problem paid off. Of course that leaves my generation approaching Medicare age and wondering what will happen as the program nears bankruptcy. Ryan, I think, is also dealing pragmatically with the dynamics that exist within his party.
Lyle Ruble January 29, 2013 at 04:37 PM
@Eric....I understand what you're saying, but I think he's more ideological than pragmatic. His tactics now seem to focus more on positioning himself on social conservatism. This definitely is not a way to national office.
sparky January 29, 2013 at 05:05 PM
Whenever Rep Ryan speaks this timeless classic always comes to mind. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KynpC1e9I9E
Blair Nielsen January 29, 2013 at 06:55 PM
http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=yyrN17jAiDw Whenever Rep Ryan speaks this timeless classic always comes to mind.
John Wilson January 29, 2013 at 09:55 PM
Eric – No Democrat ever cosponsored a Medicare Bill with Ryan; the Democratic Congressman in question here even publically refuted that. He met with Ryan and they discussed possible scenarios… Ryan – aka also known as Lyin’ Ryan for good reason – characterized these discussions as “cosponsored” a bill with…Ron Wyden (D) Wyoming. To characterize Ryan as bipartisan is sort of like discussing a virgin harlot. Pragmatic to Ryan means that it matches the numbers he pulled from his derriere when creating a budget. No one really wants to address these issues in a serious manner, not the D’s or R’s, as that in all probability will mean CUTS, rather than going after the drivers of these expenditures… the “job creators” that rape you daily… “Gov. Romney is talking nonsense. Bipartisanship requires that you not make up the facts. I did not ‘co-lead a piece of legislation.’ I wrote a policy paper on options for Medicare. Several months after the paper came out I spoke and voted against the Medicare provisions in the Ryan budget. Governor Romney needs to learn you don’t protect seniors by makings things up, and his comments today sure won’t help promote real bipartisanship.” http://thinkprogress.org/health/2012/08/13/683201/ron-wyden-pushes-back-at-mitt-romney-linking-him-to-paul-ryans-plans-for-medicare/?mobile=nc
John Wilson January 29, 2013 at 10:10 PM
The Anti-Alinsky – You do know, of course, that the only reason I engage in any dialog with you at all is so that I can see my written words in quotes… Look up the definition of rhetorical and while you are there, check out nuance. Is English your FIRST language?
John Wilson January 29, 2013 at 10:21 PM
Lyle Ruble - When was the last time you seen a failed - LOSER - VP candidate resurrected, run for president and win?
The Anti-Alinsky January 30, 2013 at 11:08 PM
Have you seen the pattern here Johnny? 1) You make some silly comment, usually based on some Liberal talking point. 2) I, and others like Chadwick, Greg and Brian Dey, refute your nonsense with facts, reason, insight, or usually all three. 3) You then respond with silly insults like: “Your nose is growing... boring...” “You folks are entirely clueless!” “Is English your FIRST language?” “judy kozlowski -Well, I know for a fact ONE of you are... (a fool)” How about some thoughtful responses instead. I mean really, you are still trying to blame the AMC demise and Chrysler leaving on Ryan TEN YEARS before he was elected to congress??? Where did you get your information, from the government website departmentofnumbers.com??? And you still haven't posted anything about Ryan's involvement in the Delphi bankruptcy.
morninmist January 31, 2013 at 01:30 AM
#lyingRyan is a duffus--his vile brand of politics is dying. http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2013/01/conservative-fever-starting-break Is the Conservative Fever Starting to Break? —By Kevin Drum | Wed Jan. 30, 2013 12:13 PM PST Andrew Sullivan thinks there's been a tectonic shift since Barack Obama's reelection: It's not just the return to Clinton tax rates for the very wealthy; it's a real cultural shift as well. In the last week, we have seen the Boy Scouts back off a national policy of excluding openly gay scouts and scout-masters (which means the Mormon hierarchy must have not made too big a fuss); we have Tom Tancredo almost smoking a joint in public (don't make a bet with him on anything in the future); we have Sean Hannity's ratings plummeting; we see gay couples included in the president's comprehensive immigration reform; we have Limbaugh edging ever-so-slightly toward Rubio on immigration. That chart does surprise me. Not because Obama's favorables are up five points. That seems like fairly standard inaugural honeymoon stuff. But his unfavorables are down ten points. Some of that is honeymoon stuff too, and it will wash out soon enough. Still, it's a big drop, and it suggests that maybe a bit of the fever has broken on the right. Maybe.....
John Wilson January 31, 2013 at 02:34 AM
morninmist - I suspect you are being just a bit overly optimistic; I really do not think that the general population of the TP/GOP is ready for anything other than a fleeting, a very tenuous, relationship with sanity. The NEW congress will give when they absolutely have to – it is all about their jobs, not WE THE PEOPLE; the TP/GOP has already emailed everyone their NEW “Talking Points” and that is their tactic to WIN THE TANNED VOTE AND THE WOMAN’S VOTE. Real change is real tough work and it requires insight into the human condition and your own personality and shortcomings; psychotic ideation is not eliminated by feckless “talking points”. Everything they do is for the acquisition of political and economic power. Cleaning up the racist, race baiting, hateful language, stereotypes and fear mongering against tanned people, contraception, abortion, equal pay and equal rights for women, while silencing the many Todd Akins’ in the party, are just a massive subterfuge with the goal being getting VOTES. They are not even close to that, “come to Jesus moment”. When Wayne La Pierre stands up and supports a ban on semi-automatic weapons, universal background checks, a 10-magazine maximum, as does 86% of the NRA membership, and sends his lobbyists out to support that, I will seriously begin to reassess my current opinion of the TP/GOP.
Frank McGruber January 31, 2013 at 03:11 AM
Sorry, misty, but linking to motherjones immediately invalidates anything you say. It would be similar to, in your book, linking to Paul Ryan's own website.
Hershal Webster January 31, 2013 at 03:19 AM
John Wilson, Tanned people? What the hell are you talking about?
Chadwick January 31, 2013 at 03:21 AM
John Wilson, once again you show nothing of substance and use race baiting and complete lies to try and prove a point. 86% of the NRA supports a ban on semi automatic weapons, universal background checks and a 10 magazine maximum? That is complete bs. ( by the way a magazine is a clip so a 10 magazine maximum doesn't even make sense) 86% of the NRA may agree with background checks but I would guess that 86% disagree with you on the ban on semi automatic weapons and high capacity magazines. I have several semi automatic weapons and plan on getting more. My guess is that you don't even truly know what a semi auto is or what calibers you can buy. The only way you liberals can fool yourselves into believing your voting for something good and not just a free hand out is to try and turn all the other parties into devils. Well you confused enough weak minded individuals in the last couple elections but I can only hope that the Ineptocracy will end before the country collapses. 1. Ineptocracy *_Ineptocracy_****(in-ep-toc’-ra-cy) – a system of government where the least capable to lead are elected by the least capable of producing, and where the members of society least likely to sustain themselves or succeed, are rewarded with goods and services paid for by the confiscated wealth of a diminishing number of producers*
John Wilson January 31, 2013 at 05:10 AM
Chadwick – Being part of the TP/GOP cabal that frequently posts on the Patch it is clear that you KNOW THINGS. “…but I would “guess” that 86% disagree with you on the ban on semi automatic weapons and high capacity magazines.” That sounds suspiciously like a “guess” to me. I know it will take some time for you to progress through the anger stage of grief, some folks never do…You may disparage the American electorate all you want because their thinking is not as warped and convoluted as yours and they do not feel as you, because in America we do have “free speech”. That does not change the fact, however, that you lost the election and subsequently, you are a loser. In fact, you TP/GOP clowns lost the popular vote in 5 out of 6 last presidential elections; you lost the last 5 out of 6 Presidential Electoral College elections too – I am discounting the Supreme Court’s decision to give that superb intellectual, GWB the 2000 election… there is a message in this for those wise enough to comprehend and analyze… Incidentally, there is no money to be made for anyone from NOT selling guns and ammunition; however, there are billions to be made by enticing fearful clowns into buying them as a symbol of their manhood. I suspect that, as a TP/GOP sycophant you might begin to gain some insight into being a loser, because, after all, you KNOW THINGS…
John Zywicke January 31, 2013 at 12:16 PM
Who listens to a loser like Paul Ryan? It's all just sour grapes, just because President Obama won Wisconsin.
Keith Best January 31, 2013 at 12:25 PM
John Zywicke, Have you seen the lates economic news? You know, where it was pointed out that this country slid backward this last quarter due to Obama's policies. Yes President Obama won Wisconsin. So many have no idea they voted for failure....again.
yomammy January 31, 2013 at 12:54 PM
"sycopath"???? whut dat?
yomammy January 31, 2013 at 12:54 PM
a loser TWICE in opposite land...
Blair Nielsen January 31, 2013 at 05:15 PM
Thanks chadwick, ineptocracy. That describes the Democratic party perfectly!
Blair Nielsen January 31, 2013 at 05:23 PM
Wilson, my symbol of manhood will stop a home invasion faster than your symbol of manhood.
John Feia February 02, 2013 at 05:41 AM
These comments that support failed positions (meaning failed by the electorate decision) are disappointing. The people have spoken about what direction they feel the country should proceed. Those in dissent have the right to feel as such but should also accept the decision. The gun debate has escalated due to circumstances that have occurred since the election. Public sentiment about what must be done regarding this dilemma is very clear. Instead of fighting partisan positions, all of us should come together in an attempt to arrive at a positive solution to the gun violence problems that exist as well as all of the other problems that threaten our country fiscally and socially.

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