HH: I’m honored to have join United States Senator Cotton and me the new Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, the Honorable Paul Ryan. Speaker Ryan, welcome to the Hugh Hewitt Show from the Kirby Center.
PR: Good to be back, thanks for having me. Good to be back. Welcome to the Kirby Center.
HH: You have been here on my show many, many times, but this is the most I’ve had the Speaker on in five years, so I’m very excited. And I’m going to make this a joint conversation about national defense, but first, I heard your comments on ABC. I was on ABC yesterday – a new House, a new approach. In terms of people driving around America, what does that actually mean? You talked in terms of process and regular order, but what’s it really mean to the guy driving a truck tonight who’s just coming home from work?
PR: Well, a couple of things. Number one, it means we run Congress the way it was supposed to be run, the way the founders intended it to be run, number one. Number two, the guy driving the truck, his member of Congress needs to have access to a process so that he can speak for that guy driving a truck, so that his elected representative actually has a say so and a voice in the process. Number three, to the guy driving a truck, he’s driving down this country seeing the country falling apart. He is seeing the country on the wrong track. And if you don’t like the direction the country is going, which we don’t, then we owe it to the country to show them how we would do things differently, put out a very specific, bold agenda how we would do things differently, and let the guy driving the truck decide in 2016 what he wants. We have not given the people of this nation a sufficient choice about how we should take the country going into the future. We’ve been an opposition party, but we have to become a proposition party. So that’s why I laid out the four things that we need to do. And making Congress work better and starting over, but also being an effective opposition party and being an effective proposition party. I think those are very, very important, and that’s the kind of, the discussions that I had with my colleagues about going on offense, going out there and laying out a case for the country as to why we ought to have it all in 2016 – the presidency and Congress. Continue Reading