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11 Reasons the GOP Elected Paul Ryan as Speaker

11 Reasons the GOP Elected Paul Ryan as Speaker
Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) speaks following a meeting of House Republicans at the U.S. Capitol October 20, 2015 in Washington, D.C. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

By    |   Thursday, 29 October 2015 11:19 AM

Paul Ryan, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee and former vice-presidential nominee, was elected as John Boehner's replacement as Speaker of the House on Thursday by his fellow legislators.

Gathered below are 11 reasons why Paul Ryan was the GOP's best choice for Speaker.

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1. He is young — Paul Ryan, 45, is one of the original "Young Guns." In the bestselling book of the same name he penned in 2010 with Eric Cantor and Kevin McCarthy, he laid out a strong vision and grasp of the important issues that was wise beyond his years.

2. He is solution-oriented leader — "We have become the problem," Ryan said last week, adding that the GOP legislature must move "from being an opposition party to being a proposition party." Ryan said that, "If my colleagues entrust me to be the speaker, I want us to become the solution."

3. He is gaffe-proof, unlike McCarthy — When House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy was considering running for the Speakership, he appeared on Fox News, and made an unforced error when speaking about the House Select Committee on Benghazi. He made it sound as if the committee existed only to hurt Hillary Clinton's poll numbers, and not to investigate the deaths of four Americans in Libya. The Clinton campaign quickly moved to capitalize on McCarthy's remarks, and Rep. Trey Gowdy soon told everyone who was not on the committee to "shut up." McCarthy soon withdrew his name from consideration.

4. He can unite the party — After Speaker John Boehner announced his imminent retirement, the House Republicans have been thrown into chaos. The House Freedom Caucus, which had pressured the speaker to step down, had endorsed Rep. Daniel Webster of Florida, however that only amounted to 40 backers. Ryan, on the other hand, has united a large majority of his party.

5. He has the right endorsements — Last week, Rep. Jason Chaffetz announced that he had withdrawn his name from consideration, and endorsed Paul Ryan. "I am out and supporting @RepPaulRyan for Speaker. Right person at the right time," he tweeted. Chaffetz, who led the charge against Planned Parenthood as Chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, is a strong conservative voice, and knows leadership when he sees it.

6. He is popular with conservative voters — "In the most recent NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, released Monday, more than six in 10 Republican primary voters said they'd be comfortable with Ryan as speaker," NBC reported earlier this month. "Significantly, 68 percent of Tea Party backers and 67 percent of Republicans identifying themselves as 'very conservative' agreed." 

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7. The opposition doesn't like him, but they respect him
— "I don't agree with him on much of what he does. I think what he's done with Medicare and Medicaid, what he's wanted to do I disagree with. But generally speaking we've been able to work with him," Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid said last week, according to Politico.

8. He's seriously committed to tax reform — When Ryan became the Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee this year, he told The New York Times, "What we’d like is comprehensive tax reform, corporate, business, individual. We want to do the whole code."

9. He is seriously committed to welfare reform — Thanks to President Barack Obama, a vast number of Americans have not recovered after the recession. This month, Ryan's Ways and Means Committee has announced it will soon release a comprehensive "Welfare Reform 2.0" plan, which seeks to overhaul the negative incentives offered by our shoddy welfare system.

10. He has a plan to repeal and replace Obamacare — "A Paul Ryan-led House could work harder to put forth a replacement to Obamacare, and work with the Senate to send meaningful entitlement reform to the President’s desk," reported Avik Roy of Forbes. "Ryan has in fact been working on an Obamacare replacement plan for some time, and has reached across the aisle to propose bipartisan Medicare reforms with Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden (D.)." 

11. He is a committed family man — While many politicians claim the moral mantle of the family man, Ryan is truly committed to spending quality time with his wife and children. "I cannot and will not give up my family time," Ryan told reporters ahead of his election. He said that fundraising — which has become a big part of the speaker's role in recent years — will take a back seat to his family.

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Paul Ryan, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee and former vice-presidential nominee, was elected as John Boehner's replacement as Speaker of the House on Thursday by his fellow legislators. Here are 11 reasons why Ryan was the GOP's best choice.
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