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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

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Ryan calls for standing up to ISIS

After video released today appeared to show the beheading of a second American journalist, U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan declared the U.S. needs to stand up to ISIS now "because if we don't do it here and now it will get us."

When it was announced that journalist Steven Sotloff was beheaded in Syria, where he was being held prisoner by ISIS, Ryan asked those at a Milwaukee event to bow their heads in prayer.

The Janesville Republican and former GOP veep candidate then knocked President Obama, specifically noting the president’s recent remark that the administration doesn’t have a strategy for dealing with the group.

Ryan spoke to a luncheon crowd of about 250 at the Milwaukee County War Memorial Center during an event sponsored by the Milwaukee Rotary and the Milwaukee Press Club.

Ryan also told the crowd he expected the blowback he received from his proposal to modify Medicare.

“If you’re going to challenge the status quo, you are going to get hit,” he said. “It’s important to put plans out there. Why should I have this job if I’m not going to try to fix anything?”

He said that he and Mitt Romney won senior voters by 20 percentage points and that his plan is still misconstrued. “It would not affect those who are retired or will soon retire,” he said.

The criticism isn’t going to make him “recoil into a corner,” he said, adding that when he was at the Walworth County fair this weekend he ran into people who disagreed with him. He noted that one constituent told him “I don’t agree with you on everything but at least you’re putting something out there.”

See more from Ryan's appearance here.


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