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Paul Ryan: Obama in 'Alternative Universe' on Economy, Foreign Policy

By    |   Wednesday, 21 January 2015 01:53 PM

President Barack Obama's State of the Union address showed he is a gifted speaker, but Rep. Paul Ryan told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" he's worried the president believes the "alternative universe" he described regarding foreign policy and the economy.

"He gave a very good speech, a gifted speech," the Wisconsin Republican said Wednesday. "What worries me a little bit about this speech, though, is sort of the alternative universe he painted on the economy and foreign policy."

"What I worry about is that he actually believes this alternative universe on foreign policy, on the economy. And, we've got a lot of work to do to fix these things.

"And I worry that he thinks things are going fine, and we've got to stay with what we are doing," Ryan said. "I just disagree with that."

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Ryan, who chairs the House Ways and Means Committee, said a person who "just parachuted in" from another planet could have heard the speech and thought "everything is going great, that the policies are perfect," adding that was "just not the case."

It was a "good thing" Obama "dialed it down a bit" with partisan rhetoric in his speech, Ryan said, since lawmakers were "used to seeing more divisive partisan speeches from the president."

Ryan, who was the Republican vice presidential nominee in 2012, said he agreed with Obama's statements on trade, and said new agreements with Asian nations would benefit the U.S. through more jobs and exports.

"I agree with every word he said in the speech, with respect to trade and Asia and getting in there and helping write the rules, instead of China writing the rules," he said.

Ryan said he hoped Obama would work with Congress to fix the "screwed up tax code," adding it was "a very good thing" that Republicans and Democrats were going to "start debating how we fix poverty."

Poverty was also a priority for Mitt Romney, Ryan said.

The 2012 GOP presidential nominee has recently expressed an interest in running again for the White House in 2016.

"(Mitt Romney) is a man who is deeply concerned about those who are less fortunate. This is a guy that really does want to see everybody in this country reach their potential," he said.

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President Barack Obama's State of the Union address showed he is a gifted speaker, but Rep. Paul Ryan told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" he's worried the president believes the "alternative universe" he described regarding foreign policy and the economy.
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