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Ryan, Johnson slam Obama in remarks at CPAC

U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan Thursday called on Republicans to offer a "bold reform agenda" to the American people ahead of this fall's elections.

Speaking to the annual CPAC event in Washington, the Janesville Republican blasted President Obama, arguing that even if the election "is no more than a referendum on the President’s economic performance, his failed policies will spell defeat for him and his party."

But he said Republicans must also provide a mandate to the GOP nominee to "face fiscal and economic challenges that are huge -- almost unprecedented."

"Everybody knows this is politically risky territory. Republicans have their battle scars on entitlement reform. That’s why some argue that we should downplay bold agendas and simply wage a campaign focused solely on the President and his party," Ryan said, according to prepared remarks. "I firmly disagree. Boldness and clarity offer the greatest opportunity to create a winning coalition. We will not only win the next election -- we have a unique opportunity to sweep and remake the political landscape."

U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Oshkosh, participated in a panel discussion -- titled "Why is it so hard to cut a trillion dollars?" -- at CPAC earlier in the day.

He accused the president of focusing solely on his re-election campaign by "pitting one group of Americans against another."

"I came here willing to work with anyone who is genuine in a desire to work for solutions -- to work with me in good faith to do that. This president is not one of those individuals," Johnson said, according to remarks provided by his office. "So what that tells me -- the fact that he is not working with us in good faith, just running for re-election -- that tells me that President Obama is not someone we can compromise with. President Obama is someone we must defeat."


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