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Paul Ryan: John Roberts Contorted ‘Logic and Reason’ With Health Care Ruling

Michael Bonfigli /The Christian Science Monitor via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Rep. Paul Ryan said this morning on “This Week” that Chief Justice John Roberts had to “contort logic and reason” in order to rule the individual mandate — the most important part of President’s Obama’s signature health reform legislation — constitutional.

“I’m very disappointed in the ruling.  I think the Chief Justice had to contort logic and reason to come up with this ruling,” he said. “So one man decided against the dissenting opinion, against what I, you know, thought were his — his principles and judicial jurisprudence, he decided to leave this up to the American people.  So now the stakes of this election could not be higher.”

On Thursday, the United States Supreme Court ruled that the linchpin of President Obama’s health care legislation — the individual mandate — was constitutional. Chief Justice John Roberts raised some eyebrows when he sided with the Supreme Court’s four liberal members to write the majority opinion. The ruling handed down declared the vast majority of the law constitutional, giving President Obama a major political victory as the presidential election draws near.

The ruling by the Supreme Court puts it at odds with the president, who told me in 2009 on “This Week” that “to say that ‘you’ve got to take a responsibility to get health insurance’ is absolutely not a tax increase.”

The GOP’s response to the ruling was swift. Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, who passed health reform legislation in Massachusetts when he was governor that contained an individual mandate, said Thursday that he would attempt to repeal President Obama’s health care reform if he wins the election this fall.

“Let’s make clear that we understand what the court did and did not do. What the court did today was say that Obamacare does not violate the Constitution,” he said. “What they did not do was say that Obamacare is good law, or that its good policy. Obamacare was bad policy yesterday, it’s bad policy today. Obamacare was bad law yesterday, it’s bad law today.”

Ryan said this morning that he believes that a House vote to repeal President Obama’s health care reform law will take place later this month.

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For Santorum, Ryan Becomes ‘Some Other Wisconsinite’ After Endorsing Romney

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- After heaping praise on the Rep. Paul Ryan throughout the past week, Rick Santorum suddenly turned cold on him after the Wisconsin congressman endorsed his rival for the Republican presidential nomination, Mitt Romney.

During an appearance at the Faith and Freedom Coalition in Pewaukee,Wis. on Saturday, Santorum didn’t cite Ryan by name but only mentioned him as “some other Wisconsinite” when he talked about his tax reform plans.

In the four speeches he delivered Friday, the same day Ryan endorsed Romney, Santorum only mentioned Ryan once, at a GOP Victory Center in Eau Claire, and that mention only occurred after reporters at his previous event in Hudson pointed out to him that he’d omitted him from his stump speech. Santorum insisted the exclusion was not intentional and told reporters he’d include him in the next speech.

“Well, I’ll mention him in the next one, just to make sure. I support his budget, he’s done a great job with it,” Santorum told reporters on the rope line Friday morning after a rally at the Hudson Golf Club.

By the third and fourth speeches of the day, references to Ryan were wiped out completely.

Santorum spoke affectionately of Ryan throughout the past week, even visiting Janesville, Ryan’s birthplace, and dedicating a good portion of his speech there to lauding the congressman. Santorum even argued that Ryan’s fiscal blueprint will help the GOP win the election.

But with Saturday’s snub and Friday’s omissions of Ryan from the same stump speech he’s delivered in Wisconsin for the past week, it looks like Santorum’s lost that loving feeling for Ryan.

While Santorum stopped praising Ryan in his speeches, he did maintain the main feature of the speeches he’s delivered consistently in Wisconsin: criticism of Romney. Santorum was the lone candidate at the Faith and Freedom Coalition forum to swing at his GOP rivals, specifically attacking Romney for the healthcare plan he implemented as governor of Massachusetts.

“You have one person who can make that case. And you have one who can’t,” Santorum said, speaking of having a Republican nominee capable of debating Obama on healthcare.

“Why?” Santorum asked. “Because he presented the blueprint for ‘Obamacare.’”

As he has all week, Santorum called Romney “uniquely disqualified” to take on the president.

“Why in the world would the Republican Party give that issue away in the general election?” he said.

Santorum’s battle cry to the social conservative audience was simple: “No Etch-A-Sketch.”

“Gov. Romney said he’s going to run as a conservative in response to the Etch-A-Sketch scandal,” Santorum said. “I’m not going to run as a conservative. I am a conservative.”

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Rep. Levin: Ryan Budget 'Turns Back the Clock 50, 60 Years'

ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- The decision from Standard & Poor's on Monday to downgrade the outlook for U.S. debt amounted to a shot across Washington’s bow, a statement as much about politics as it is about economics.

The top Democrat on the House Ways and Means Committee said he hopes it will send a signal to Republicans that they can’t threaten not to raise the nation’s debt ceiling.

“I think it's very clear. Don't play games with the debt ceiling,” Rep. Sander Levin, D-Mich, told ABC News on Monday. “We have to act. We can't tie it to anything because if our credit goes bad, it has catastrophic implications. Look what happened to the stock market already. And if we continue to try and tread and try to combine it with other things we're really playing with fire. Don't do it. That's my message to the Republicans.”

Levin also attacked House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan’s budget, which was approved on a party-line vote in the House last week.

“The Ryan budget is irresponsible. It tries to turn back the clock on 50, 60 years of what made middle-income America in terms of health care, in terms of pensions,” Levin said. “And I think there's a deep divide. The president made it clear: Do we have one America or many Americas?”

“They say they're going to save Medicare. They should be honest. They want to do away with it.”

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Rep. Paul Ryan: 'Default Is Not Our Option'

ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Rep. Paul Ryan agreed with Secretary Tim Geithner that defaulting on our debt would be "catastrophic," but Ryan needs spending reform attached to that vote -- something he says the president will address Wednesday.

“Default is not our option or strategy but we also want to make sure this debt limit increases, which is based on past spending, we get something in place to address future spending and that’s the kind of stuff we’re talking about. Spending cuts, spending control,” he told Good Morning America.

And if those cuts are not attached will he vote to raise the debt limit?

“I don’t accept a notion that that’s not possible. I think it is and the president is probably going to be talking about that today,” Ryan said.

Ryan did not spell out what it would take to avoid default.

The chairman of the House Budget Committee said he’s looking forward to hearing what the President has to say Wednesday -- except for any talk about new taxes.

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Obama’s Speech Puts GOP In a Corner

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama put Republicans in something of a box Tuesday night. He oozed optimism, telling Americans in the last moments of his speech that, “From the earliest days of our founding, America has been the story of ordinary people who dare to dream. That’s how we win the future.”

On the other hand, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., who gave the Republican response and Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., who delivered what was billed as the Tea Party rebuttal, both focused on the negative -- crushing deficit, the debt crisis, the ballooning size of government.

“No economy can sustain such high levels of debt and taxation. The next generation will inherit a stagnant economy and a diminished country,” Ryan said, minutes after Obama concluded his remarks in the House of Representatives. “Frankly, it’s one of my greatest concerns as a parent -- and I know many of you feel the same way.”

While Congress doesn’t need to sell “hope” and “optimism” the next president does. Obama knows that.

The president also made sure that there was something for everyone in the speech. He talked about gays serving openly in the military while also calling on colleges and universities to allow ROTC back on their campuses. He urged greater investments in infrastructure, but also a lower corporate tax rate. He said we should get rid of the “bookkeeping burden” in health care law, but refused to compromise on allowing insurance companies to go back to denying coverage to those with pre-existing conditions.

Both Republican responses offered many of the same themes -- just with slightly different flavors -- but the message was diluted somewhat by the theatrics of the dueling broadcasts.

“President Obama made promises, just like the ones we heard him make this evening,” Bachmann said, “yet still we have high unemployment, devalued housing prices and the cost of gasoline is skyrocketing.”

While the Bachmann and Ryan responses may have, once again, exposed the fissure between the Republican Party and the Tea Party, they also pointed to a reality of modern politics: nearly every member of Congress now ends up delivering their own reaction to the State of the Union, whether televised, in a written statement, in a YouTube video or on Twitter.

A case-in-point was Rep. Paul Broun, R-Ga., who emerged as the president’s sharpest Twitter critic Tuesday night. “Mr. President, you don't believe in the Constitution. You believe in socialism,” he tweeted at one point during Obama’s speech.

Finally, the new bipartisan seating chart seemed to get good reviews from both Democrats and Republicans. “It was a much different feeling,” in the chamber Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos on “Good Morning America” Wednesday. McCain said he hopes it will stick.

“I think that there’s a different atmosphere here,” he said. “With every tragedy comes something good and obviously the tragedy of Tucson and Gabrielle Giffords has brought about a certain change in the atmosphere.” 

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Reps. Paul Ryan, Michele Bachmann Give Respective SOTU Responses 

Photo Courtesy - ABC News Radio (WASHINGTON) -- Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., the Republican designated to deliver the party's official rebuttal to President Barack Obama's State of the Union address used his response to call for slashing spending, reducing the national debt and promoting job creation.

“Americans are skeptical of both political parties, and that skepticism is justified -- especially when it comes to spending," Ryan said. "So hold all of us accountable. In this very room, the House will produce, debate, and advance a budget.  Last year -- in an unprecedented failure -- Congress chose not to pass, or even propose a budget. The spending spree continued unchecked."

Ryan's remarks sounded themes that were at the core of the GOP's midterm election strategy last year -- a strategy that led to sweeping victories in the November elections.

Ryan, the chairman of the House Budget Committee, told Americans, "we owe you a better choice and a different vision."

"Our forthcoming budget is our obligation to you -- to show you how we intend to do things differently," he said, "how we will cut spending to get the debt down … help create jobs and prosperity … and reform government programs.”

Though Ryan's remarks constituted the official GOP response to the president's speech, it was not the only one that got attention. Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., will delivered a Tea Party response in conjunction with the group, Tea Party Express.

Her comments touched on similar themes.

“After the $700 billion bailout, the trillion-dollar stimulus, and the massive budget bill with over 9,000 earmarks that the President signed, many of you implored Washington to please stop spending money we don’t have," Bachmann said. “But, instead of cutting, we saw an unprecedented explosion of government spending and debt at President Obama’s direction -- unlike anything we have seen in the history of our country.”

The congresswoman emphasized earlier this week that her words were "not meant to be in competition" with Rep. Ryan's comments.

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Budget Hawk Paul Ryan Tapped for State of the Union Rebuttal

Photo Courtesy - Office of Rep. Paul Ryan(WASHINGTON) -- Rep. Paul Ryan will appear on prime time television to give the official Republican response to President Obama’s State of the Union next Tuesday.

Ryan chairs the House Budget Committee since Republicans took control of the House this month and wrote a much-quoted “Road For America’s Future” which sets a more sustainable fiscal path for  the U.S. Government.

The selection of Ryan was made by the two top Republicans on Capitol Hill -- House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

“Paul Ryan is uniquely qualified to address the state of our economy and the fiscal challenges that face our country,” said Boehner in a statement. “We’re broke, and decisive action is needed to help our economy get back to creating jobs and end the spending binge in Washington that threatens our children’s future.”

It is from the Budget committee hearing room that Ryan will give his address, further driving home the fact that Republicans now control the House and will pass a budget this year that seeks to limit government. One proposal released Thursday would curb government spending by $2.5 trillion over ten years.

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