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Dodging 2016 questions, Paul Ryan meets the press

Washington (CNN) – Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, chairman of the House Budget Committee, is known to glide through the hallways of Capitol Hill with headphones in his ears. It's a tactic he employs to avoid pesky reporters. But the Republican faced down a flurry of questions on Wednesday at a Christian Science Monitor breakfast […]

Paul Ryan to spell out proposal to help the poor

(CNN) – Rep. Paul Ryan will lay out his plan Thursday to fight poverty, a pilot program that would combine 11 federal programs into one pool of money for participating states. According the plan, part of which the Wisconsin Republican detailed in an opinion piece for USA Today, states would voluntarily submit their own anti-poverty […]

2016 GOP Poll: Huckabee, Paul, Perry and Ryan stand out

(CNN) - Four potential Republican presidential candidates stand out above the rest of the possible field, according to new national poll. A Gallup survey released Friday indicates that former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, and Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin are best known and most liked by […]

Inside Politics Speed Read: Prospects for Immigration, minimum wage and Paul Ryan tackles race

Minimum wage vote - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has scheduled a procedural vote on legislation that would raise the minimum wage gradually from $7.25 to $10.10. No Republicans have said they’ll vote for it, and some Democrats haven’t said for sure. Even if, somehow, a minimum wage increase could pass the Senate, there’s little […]

Paul Ryan to Iowa GOP: Give up 'infighting' for Lent

(CNN) - Rep. Paul Ryan called on the Republican Party to unify in a speech Friday, saying it should "give up the infighting" for Lent. Addressing an Iowa crowd in the pivotal caucus state's GOP Lincoln Dinner, the potential 2016 presidential candidate said Iowa can do the country a favor in the 2014 midterm election […]

Ryan budget aims to cut $5.1 trillion, reach balance in 10 years

Washington (CNN) - Republican House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan unveiled a budget plan Wednesday that would achieve some key conservative goals – balancing the federal budget in a decade while starting to contain the national debt – while also rekindling some old controversies by changing Medicare, repealing Obamacare and significantly cutting social programs like food […]

Paul Ryan gets constituent pushback over 'inner city' comments

(CNN) – Rep. Paul Ryan's recent comments about men in inner cities not valuing the “culture of work” have continued to draw outrage - this time from one of his Wisconsin constituents. At town-hall style meeting on Wednesday, an African-American man identified by NBC as Alfonso Gardner took the Republican congressman to task for his […]

Ryan's 'inner city comments sparking backlash

Washington (CNN) - Rep. Paul Ryan is receiving some serious heat for comments he made on a conservative radio program where the Republican from Wisconsin said there’s “a real culture program” in inner cities. On Bill Bennett’s Morning in America program Wednesday, Ryan, who has become involved in the issue of poverty over the last […]

Iowa poll gauges support for presidential retreads

(CNN) – A new survey asked Iowa voters about potential presidential candidates who’ve already run for the White House, and the results show some good news for Republicans Mike Huckabee and Paul Ryan. But for Rick Santorum, who won the Iowa GOP caucuses in 2012 by a razor-thin margin, and Rick Perry, the results indicate […]

A 2012 GOP reunion

(CNN) – Mitt Romney, 2012 GOP presidential nominee, tweeted Sunday that he ran into his former running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan, at the airport. Bumped into this nice young family at the airport. http://t.co/UuIj4mIxfO— Mitt Romney (@MittRomney) March 09, 2014

Ryan to Iowa as he keeps 2016 'options open'

Washington (CNN) - Rep. Paul Ryan's heading back to Iowa. And he's telling CNN that he's keeping his "options open" about a presidential run. The Iowa Republican Party announced Wednesday that the House Budget Committee chairman and 2012 GOP vice presidential nominee will headline the party's major "Lincoln Dinner" on April 11 in Cedar Rapids. […]

2016 polls: Clinton tops Christie in three major states

(CNN) - Hillary Clinton tops Chris Christie, Rand Paul and Paul Ryan in hypothetical showdowns in three states, according to new multi-state survey. And a majority of voters questioned the polls by Roanoke College in Virginia, Rutgers-Eagleton in New Jersey and Siena College in New York state, say they have a favorable view of the […]

Paul Ryan welcomes Pope's welfare debate

New York (CNNMoney) - Rep. Paul Ryan said Sunday he doesn't expect the Pope to agree with him about the role of government in addressing social mobility. But he does welcome Pope Francis' contribution to the U.S. debate on wealth and poverty.

Ryan: 'Not closing my options' on 2016

(CNN) – Conservative Wisconsin GOP Rep. Paul Ryan isn't shutting any doors to 2016. "I'm not closing my options," the 2012 vice Republican presidential nominee told CNN Chief Washington Correspondent Jake Tapper in an interview appearing on "The Lead" Thursday. "But I'm just not focusing on that right now.” CNN exclusive: Obama says Walmart, Apple, […]

Ryan supports Christie, disagrees with Cruz’s approach on budget

(CNN) – Rep. Paul Ryan, a Republican from Wisconsin and former Republican vice presidential candidate, distanced himself from one of the most conservative leaders of his party and expressed reluctant support for one of its most embattled figures. At the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Ryan took a swipe at Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, […]

Rep. Paul Ryan gives U.S. a 'failing grade' in war on poverty

(CNN) - On the heels of the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon Johnson’s call for an "all-out war on human poverty," Rep. Paul Ryan said efforts to reduce poverty should happen outside think tanks in Washington, and instead in the communities where the fight is succeeding. The Wisconsin Republican said he would give the United […]

What the next debt ceiling fight will look like

New York (CNNMoney) -- House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said this week that Republicans will demand something in exchange for an increase in the debt ceiling early next year. The White House, meanwhile, said it won't negotiate on the issue.

Budget deal: Progress or pragmatism?

Washington (CNN) -- When Republican Rep. Paul Ryan and Democratic Sen. Patty Murray held a news conference - together - to announce that they reached a deal on the federal budget, the ideological opposites received immediate praise for their cooperation. And they reached their agreement that would avert a potential government shutdown in January just […]

Paul Ryan: Boehner ‘just got his Irish up’

Washington (CNN) – House Speaker John Boehner was peeved last week at conservative groups that blasted a bipartisan budget agreement before one was even announced. But House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan said it was really just that Irish temper of his. "I think John just kind of got his Irish up. He was frustrated that […]

Rep. Paul Ryan: We have the votes to pass the budget deal

(CNN) - Congressional negotiators reached a bipartisan budget compromise on Tuesday that would prevent another government shutdown, if approved by the House and Senate. House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan forged the deal with his Senate counterpart, Patty Murray.

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