Paul Ryan’s Official Republican Response: A Pledge To ‘Do Things Differently’

Jan 25, 2011 5:47pm

ABC News' Jonathan Karl and Michael Falcone report:

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 plans to use 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 will say, according to an excerpt of his prepared remarks. "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."

The early excerpts of Ryan's remarks indicate he will sound 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, will tell 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 plans to say, "how we will cut spending to get the debt down … help create jobs and prosperity … and reform government programs.”

Though Ryan's remarks will constitute the official GOP response to the president's speech, it's not the only one getting attention. Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., will deliver a Tea Party response in conjunction with the group, Tea Party express.

Her comments will touch 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 plans to say, according to excerpts of her remarks. “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 major television networks, including ABC News, plan to broadcast Ryan's response. Bachmann's speech will be streamed live on the Tea Party Express Web site and the congresswoman emphasized earlier this week that her words are “not meant to be in competition” with Ryan’s comments.

 

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