Rep. Paul Ryan is having his “I-told-you-so” moment. During a speech in Iowa to the Iowa Republican Party, on his second trip back to the Hawkeye State since losing in 2012, Ryan said that one reason he and Republican nominee Mitt Romney couldn’t top President Barack Obama was they had to “shadow box against big government in theory.”
Now, Ryan said, Americans have “big government in practice, and the theory is a whole lot different than what it looks like in practice.”
“We kept trying to say this is what Obamacare is going to do, this is what Dodd-Frank,” will do, Ryan said. “The challenge was it was sort of our word against theirs. Because they did not put their program in practice yet.”
He also said it was a “bitter irony” that the president proposed cuts to the military the same week Vladimir Putin invaded Ukraine.
Presidential politics is king here, but Iowa is one of the most crucial states in November’s midterm elections. Sen. Tom Harkin’s (D-Iowa) retirement gave Republicans one of their best pickup opportunities, and two House seats will be open.
Ryan waded into the contentious Senate race, taking a shot at Democratic candidate Rep. Bruce Braley. At a closed fundraiser, Braley spoke derisively about Sen. Chuck Grassley’s (R-Iowa) agricultural background, questioning whether he’s qualified to become the chairman of the Judiciary Committee.
“When I go by that statue, I pass it eight times a day, its right where we go to vote, it makes me think of other Iowa leaders and their potential,” Ryan said, referring to the newly dedicated statue of Norman Borlaug in the Capitol. “Heck, imagine what Chuck Grassley would’ve done with his life if only he had a law degree.”
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