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Young Guns: Future of the GOP delivers message of hope
Washington Free Beacon ^ | 12-5 | Andrew Stiles

Posted on 12/04/2012 10:06:00 PM PST by ExxonPatrolUs

Two of the Republican Party’s most promising presidential prospects on Tuesday outlined their vision of a renewed GOP that represents 100 percent of Americans, in an apparent effort to distance themselves from some of the blunders of the party’s most recent presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

Sen. Marco Rubio (R., Fla.) and House Budget Committee chairman Paul Ryan (R., Wis.) both delivered speeches before an audience of influential conservative leaders at the Jack Kemp Foundation’s Leadership Award Dinner. Rubio received this year’s award, while Ryan was last year’s winner.

Both lawmakers recalled the economic philosophy championed by Ryan’s mentor Kemp, the late NFL quarterback and GOP politician known for his outreach efforts to improve the lives of the inner-city poor.

Republicans, they argued, must do a better job articulating a vision of conservatism and free-market economics aimed at helping people rise out of poverty.

“We have a compassionate vision based on ideas that work, but sometimes we don’t do a good job of laying out that vision,” Ryan said. “We need to do better.”

“Both parties tend to divide Americans into ‘our voters’ and ‘their voters,’” Ryan said, in a not-so-subtle reference to his former running mate’s remarks about “47 percent” of the country being unwilling to vote for him. “Republicans must steer far clear of that trap. We must speak to the aspirations and anxieties of every American.”

Ryan’s speech, titled “A Renewed Commitment to Opportunity For All,” echoed the one he gave at Cleveland State University on Oct. 25 as the GOP vice presidential nominee.

Ryan had asked to make the argument more frequently on the campaign trail but was rebuffed by skeptical Romney aides, according to Politico.

He spoke Tuesday of the need to alleviate poverty by strengthening civil society, reforming the public education system, and redesigning bloated welfare programs to ensure that the millions of Americans born into poverty are given every opportunity to rise out of it.

That would require “new thinking and renewed efforts from all Americans,” and dismissing the notion that “a nation should measure compassion by how much it spends.”

Republicans should continue to promote conservative economic principles, Ryan said, while also acknowledging that government can play a constructive role.

“There has to be a balance,” he said. “Government must act for the common good, while leaving private groups free to do the work that only they can do.”

Rubio’s remarks, though broader, touched on similar themes.

“One of the fundamental challenges before us is to find an appropriate and sustainable role for government in closing this gap between the dreams of millions of Americans and the opportunities for them to actually realize them,” he said. Rubio also called on lawmakers to be “creative, innovative and daring” in pursuit of that goal.

However, bigger government is not the solution.

“The promise of more government as the answer to all our problems is easy to sell,” Rubio said. “But when it is put in practice, it fails every time.”

Safety net programs should be protected and strengthened, “not as a way of life, but as a way to help those who have failed to stand up and try again, and of course, as always, to help those who cannot help themselves.”

Rubio also appeared to pushback against Romney’s “47 percent” comments, as well as the former candidate’s contention that President Barack Obama won reelection by giving “gifts” to certain segments of the voting population.

“I’ve heard it suggested that the problem is that the American people have changed. That too many people want things from government,” he said. “But I am still convinced that the overwhelming majority of our people just want what my parents had, a chance. A real chance to earn a good living, and provide even better opportunities for their children.”

Rubio recalled the experience of his parents, who were able to provide a better future for him and his sister despite being working-class immigrants from Cuba.

“Because of where I was raised, and who I was raised by, I know that what we have here is special,” he said. “And if we lose it, there is nothing to replace it. If America declines, so will the world.”

Both Rubio and Ryan said the GOP must remain engaged following their defeat at the polls to ensure these values remain in place.

“The Republican Party can’t make excuses,” Ryan said. “We can’t spend the next four years on the sidelines.”

Given Ryan and Rubio’s standing as frontrunners for the GOP nomination in 2016, neither will likely be on the sidelines for long.

Ryan even joked that Rubio join him for a Kemp leadership award reunion dinner, asking if anyone knew “of any good diners New Hampshire or Iowa,” sites of the first presidential primaries.

“I’m sure the press won’t read too much into that,” he said.

TOPICS: Chit/Chat
KEYWORDS: 112th; fiscalcliff; guns; paulryan; rubio; ryan; young

1 posted on 12/04/2012 10:06:14 PM PST by ExxonPatrolUs
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To: ExxonPatrolUs

LBJ declared war on poverty. There are still people in poverty. These politicians aren’t stupid. They know nothing will ever change. They just want to convince some people that they’ll help them more than the other guys. And why? Because they love that power and perks.

2 posted on 12/04/2012 10:10:24 PM PST by Terry Mross (I haven't watched the news since the election. Someone ping me if anything big happens.)
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To: Terry Mross

Founding fathers biggest mistakes (that need correcting)

No term limits.

Allowing them to vote their own pay incresses.

Put in place 1 and take away 2 and you’d have a much different government.

feel free to ad to the list.

3 posted on 12/04/2012 10:17:26 PM PST by cableguymn (The founding fathers would be shooting by now..)
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To: ExxonPatrolUs
More of the Same: Paul Ryan and Marco Rubio

Veep Pick Paul Ryan Is No Conservative

Jack Kenny | The New American
12 August 2012


The Paul Ryan Record – Not as Fiscally Conservative as You Think

Republican Liberty Caucus
August 11, 2012


Think Twice About Paul Ryan

The American Conservative
April 6, 2011

4 posted on 12/04/2012 10:24:28 PM PST by VitacoreVision
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To: ExxonPatrolUs

Good Luck.

5 posted on 12/04/2012 10:28:23 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: ExxonPatrolUs

I missed the part where Rubio and Ryan called for Bonehead’s removal. It looks like we are being played.

6 posted on 12/04/2012 10:35:10 PM PST by Goreknowshowtocheat
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To: ExxonPatrolUs
Meanwhile Boehner is defanging young House Tea Party conservatives...

Mark Levin Rips Boehner: Who The Hell Does He Think He Is? (audio)

7 posted on 12/04/2012 10:38:55 PM PST by TigersEye (Who is John Galt?)
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To: ExxonPatrolUs
Message of Hope? LOL. Where did we hear that before? Do they really have to take everything from the democrat's playbook?
8 posted on 12/04/2012 10:38:57 PM PST by MurrietaMadman
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9 posted on 12/04/2012 10:42:55 PM PST by GeronL (
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To: GeronL

Yeah. Defective clones.

10 posted on 12/04/2012 10:49:00 PM PST by MurrietaMadman
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To: cableguymn

Well, I might add a third, I don’t know if this is a good idea or not but I’ll toss it out for discussion. In most parlamentary systems, if the President or prime Minister or whomever is the leader is doing so terrible, early elections can be called after a vote of no confidence. Of course, we had the chance to vote OBummer out last month, it did not work, but I’d like to adopt such a measure and see what happens.

11 posted on 12/04/2012 10:52:14 PM PST by Nowhere Man (It is about time we re-enact Normandy, at the shores of the Potomac.)
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To: ExxonPatrolUs

Don’t care. Don’t care who the GOP comes up with. They got my last vote with Romney.

They had my last dollar near the end of George Dubya’s last term.

Now they have nothing.

12 posted on 12/04/2012 11:01:12 PM PST by KittenClaws (You may have to fight a battle more than once in order to win it." - Margaret Thatcher)
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To: ExxonPatrolUs
There is no “future” for the GOP. The current iteration of the GOP is a severely tainted party that is at the mercy of the MSM and they will never break free of their negative image. The GOPe knows this and their ONLY concern from here on out will be to do whatever they can to hold on to their positions.

A viable alternative must be nurtured from the ground up. The GOP is only out for themselves. They are now the bitches of the dems and the MSM. Nothing will change that, outside of a second Revolution.

13 posted on 12/04/2012 11:03:08 PM PST by Pox (Good Night. I expect more respect tomorrow.)
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To: KittenClaws

And BTW,GOP, don’t start that “hope” krap with me and mine - we don’t need it from the likes of you.

You just get your little rat ears down your little rat holes, and with your little rat brains where you can hope your are relevant enough to survive.

14 posted on 12/04/2012 11:07:36 PM PST by KittenClaws (You may have to fight a battle more than once in order to win it." - Margaret Thatcher)
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To: KittenClaws

I’m not voting GOP either. My last vote was for Romney. I’m really wanting the crash to take its course now rather than dragging this out.

The idea of American gov’t is over. The American dream is no longer within reach.

15 posted on 12/04/2012 11:28:38 PM PST by AlmaKing
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To: cableguymn

You can accomplish both with one law. A senator or congressman will never receive a pay increase for the entire time they hold office. From the first day in office, their salary remains the same. They are free to vote as many pay increases as they like...for their successor. This would eleminate future Robert Byrds.

16 posted on 12/04/2012 11:45:27 PM PST by GilesB
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To: KittenClaws


17 posted on 12/04/2012 11:47:03 PM PST by GilesB
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To: cableguymn

No Balanced Budget Amendment. You ain’t got the dough, then it’s a “no.”

18 posted on 12/05/2012 12:05:10 AM PST by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: KittenClaws

Yes. The GOP is Boehner slurring on the podium in Tampa reading the teleprompter “the ayes have it” after hearing thunderous nays. (I know, it was about Ron Paul delegates, but someday he may do the same to conservatives... oh wait.)

19 posted on 12/05/2012 2:48:01 AM PST by ReaganGeneration2
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To: ExxonPatrolUs

Neither Rubio or Jindal are elegible to be VP or POTUS, as they are not Natural Born Citizens.

Why do so many in the media continue to ignore the Constitution and keep pushing Rubio as a POTUS candidate?

Is it because they ignored the fact that Obama was not a NBC and spent over $2 million to hide his records?

That Obama has gotten away with his fraud, so far, is not a reason to abandon the Constitution’s requirements.

20 posted on 12/05/2012 3:23:13 AM PST by octex
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To: ExxonPatrolUs

Drink hot TEA, GOP...

21 posted on 12/05/2012 4:44:46 AM PST by Caipirabob (Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: ExxonPatrolUs
The future of the GOP is very bleak in my house. This time they have pissed off Mrs Tupelo. They are toast.
22 posted on 12/05/2012 5:30:02 AM PST by Tupelo (Hunkered down & loading up)
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To: Caipirabob

If Boehner plays his cards right, he’ll return to Minority Leader in two years. A lot more golf time. Won’t have the pressure, but still the perks.

Obama and crew just demonstrated how good of a ground game they really have. Knowing how many fewer voters will participate in 2014 will give his “machine” an advantage.

23 posted on 12/05/2012 5:32:12 AM PST by radioone
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To: fieldmarshaldj

I think that would work with the exception of being able to borrow to finance a war. That is the only reason I’d want our country in debt. To protect it.

24 posted on 12/05/2012 6:30:45 AM PST by cableguymn (The founding fathers would be shooting by now..)
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To: Terry Mross

Well there’s a reason why someone came up with the saying “the poor are always with us”

The percentage of poor in the US is just about the same as it was before the great society.

I think Ryan at least is attempting to come up with ideas to create an environment where people who want to take advantage of the opportunities afforded by our way of life can do so. Hopefully we will be able to grow the middle class that way.

There will always be a segment of any society that cannot or will not embrace the motivation to succeed. And there will always be the Democratic party who needs to keep a certain percentage of the population poor and on the liberal voting plantation.

25 posted on 12/05/2012 9:32:35 AM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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