Like two predatory animals circling each other, Republicans and Democrats are trying to sort out the meaning of last month's election and plan strategies for the remaining days of the current
"I think (voters) want to see government respect taxpayers again and respect (government's) limits. And they don't want to see an executive go unchecked ... people want to see a rebalancing of power because they feel theirs is being sapped away."
About the recurring threat of a government shutdown, if Republicans don't go along with President Obama, Ryan says it's an attempt to make Republicans "the villain in their morality play," which "they get to draft and write. ... They're trying to get us to take the bait. ... We avoid it by defeating them with better ideas. They will play identity politics; we will play aspirational, inspirational, unifying politics."
There is a debate within conservative circles over whether the outgoing
"We're going to fund all the government except for the immigration stuff," he says. "That will be the CR, kick it into next year when we'll have a better team on the field, and then formulate a plan how to deal with this issue. With CRomnibus (Democrats) can't spend the next three months saying we're trying to shut down the government."
Ryan says he has received little word from the
On immigration and the president's recent executive order, which would allow 5 million illegal aliens to remain in the country, Ryan says House Republicans will pass a bill early in the new session to finish the fence along the southern border of the U.S. Republicans will attempt to sell the bill on the basis of the rule of law, rather than discrimination against immigrants. "I think there are a lot of Democrats who will vote for it," he says. "I think the (Sen.)
Ryan predicts the president is likely to sign it, if he thinks his veto might be overridden.
Ryan has recently been traveling the country with African-American conservative
Ryan says Republicans need to show up in minority neighborhoods and ask what has voting for Democrats gotten them? It's a good question.
Like most other potential presidential candidates, Ryan says he'll decide early next year whether to run in 2016. He sounds reluctant, given his young family. He says he has never been a seeker of high office, but if the office comes to him? Well, should opportunity knock, he just might open the door.