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Sunday Study Guide: Ryan, Roundtable

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI)

  • Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) was the 2012 Republican vice presidential candidate. He is currently in his eighth term in the U.S. House of Representatives and is the chairman of the House Budget Committee. He also sits on the House Ways and Means Committee. Rep. Ryan is known for his budget plan, “The Path to Prosperity.”
  • Rep. Ryan said Republicans need to practice “principled prudence” during this Congress. “We have to exercise our principles in a prudent way with realistic expectations while being reasonable and doing what we think is right. That means our tactics will vary, but our strategy will be the same. Our strategy is to engage the Democrats on issues where we think we can improve policy, to oppose them where we don’t – where we simply have fundamental disagreements.”
  • On Republicans’ loss in November’s election, Rep. Ryan said technology, turnout and communications were problems for the Romney-Ryan campaign. He said, “I don’t see this as a rejection of our principles. I think we need to do a better job of applying our principles to the problems of today, to show solutions to the country’s biggest problems and how they relate in people’s everyday lives.”
  • Rep. Ryan also co-wrote “Young Guns” with fellow congressmen, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) and House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-CA).
  • Watch his most recent Meet the Press interview here.


Roundtable: DeMint, Jealous, Woodward, Mitchell

  • Former Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) is the incoming president of the Heritage Foundation, and will officially become president of the think tank April 3rd. On leaving the Senate to head Heritage, he wrote, “I aim to take this message [of conservative ideas] directly to the American people. Why? Because the federal government will not stop spending, borrowing and growing our debt until the American people force it to stop. Conservative ideas work.” Here is his latest MTP appearance.
  • NAACP President and CEO Ben Jealous recently said he wants to see that the president’s cabinet “represents the country,” but that “we owe it to him to let him finish making his appointments before we pass judgment.” Jealous also saidhe is looking for diversity in other areas. "He still has several more appointments, and we expect that we’ll see at least the same diversity that we saw the first time around. What we’re hoping to see is a black woman on the U.S. Supreme Court.” Watch his most recent appearance on the show.
  • Washington Post Associate Editor Bob Woodwardsaid of the president’s second inaugural address, “I really think there was somewhat of a lost opportunity here. If he'd given a healing speech -- suppose he had turned around, which would have been extraordinary, to Speaker Boehner, the Republican leader of the House, and said, ‘We're going to work together on these things we're going to fix my agenda and your agenda’ and of course Boehner's agenda is, ‘We have to cut spending.’” He is also the author of “The Price of Politics.” Here is his latest MTP appearance. 
  • Andrea Mitchell is NBC News’ chief foreign correspondent and host of MSNBC’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports.” On her show this week, Mitchell talked about Secretary of State nominee, Sen. John Kerry’s (D-MA), confirmation hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, as well as what Sen. Kerry will face at the State Department if he is confirmed. Watch her most recent appearance.
  • NBC Special Correspondent Ted Koppel recently interviewed Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, about Afghanistan, global terrorism, and Gen. Petraeus. Watch his most recent MTP appearance here.


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