Speaking at one of the “Saturday Evening Club” dinners put on by the American Spectator, former vice-presidential candidate Rep. Paul Ryan said that the GOP couldn’t afford to lose another presidential bid come 2016 because a win for the Democrats will allow them to cement their liberal agenda.
“If we don’t win in 2016, they get the country,” said Ryan in reference to progressives and liberal alike. He also said that the next president would get to set the “trajectory for the country” for the foreseeable future.
Ryan suggested that the Republican Party enters 2016 with an aggressive “Reganesque” approach.
“Because he held his own as Mitt Romney’s running mate and was the House leader most responsible for advancing a practical budget plan, Ryan’s influence remains strong in the party. He added to that last week when he unveiled an anti-poverty plan that echoes the Clinton-era welfare reform proposal by offering a hand to the helpless as they get on their feet and back to work- instead of a lifetime dependency on Uncle Sam,” reports the Washington Examiner in its “Washington Secrets” blog.
Ryan said that he is optimistic that the GOP can head into the next presidential election with a cohesive and likable plan that offers up a model for policymaking that intends to make America’s position as a prosperous nation even stronger.
“I don’t have to be the guy,” said Paul Ryan, who made it clear that his talk at the dinner was not an admission that he intends to run for president in 2016. The Wisconsin Republican is playing the waiting game and will not decide whether or not to run until Election Day draws nearer.
“We have to win. We’ve got to get better answers on this stuff,” added Ryan.
Paul Ryan makes a salient point about the GOP’s inability to put forth a consistent, unified, and approachable policy platform that has the ability to reach out to the average voter.
The GOP failed to chose a candidate in 2008 and 2012 that had the ability to resonate with everyday Americans. The party is desperately trying to shed its image of being out of touch with the plight of the poor and the middle class.
While much of this image problem can be chalked up to mass media distortion and is out of the hands of Republican strategists, there are a few issues where the GOP can benefit from an improved messaging strategy.