New Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) had some very interesting (and very heartening) things to say about immigration reform, President Obama and the upcoming election with NBC’s Chuck Todd this past Sunday. Ryan made it clear that he felt things like immigration reform should be handled in a far different manner than former Speaker John Boehner had handled it. Arguing that, as Speaker, his job is to lead the House by unifying (to the best of his ability) the GOP and move forward on consensus… not by fear.
Ryan also took a different tactic on the GOP presidential race by choosing to remain neutral on who he favored for the candidacy. Where Boehner had been fond of criticizing Ted Cruz, Rand Paul and others… Paul Ryan chose only to say that any of the GOP candidates would be far better for our country than Hillary Clinton.
It was a good first media appearance for Ryan, and I hope that we can take him at his word on immigration and consensus building.
On if Donald Trump could be President: “I’m going to be completely neutral in this presidential election because I’m the Speaker of the House, but if you’re asking me, ‘Can any one those people that are on the stage be a better president than Hillary Clinton,’ the answer is yes.”
How about on immigration?
“On immigration, I don’t think we can trust the president on this issue, he tried to go around Congress with executive orders.
The president has proven himself untrustworthy on this issue because he tried to unilaterally write the law himself.
Presidents don’t write laws, Congress does. The President has proven himself to be untrustworthy on this issue.
I think if we reach consensus on something like border enforcement, interior security that’s one thing. But I do not believe we should advance comprehensive immigration legislation with a president that has proven himself untrustworthy on this issue…
I was elected Speaker of the House to unify the Republican Conference, not to dis-unify the Republican Conference. That means, my job is to lead us to consensus and to on big controversial issues, operate on that consensus. And that is exactly how I intend to serve as Speaker.”
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