UNDATED (WSAU) Wisconsin’s Paul Ryan says there are some Democrats in Congress willing to buck their own party’s leadership, and work with Republicans to reform taxes and Medicare. Ryan, the House Budget chairman from Janesville, told an audience at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library yesterday that he wants to take a page from the Reagan playbook. He says that if Republicans win big in November, they should seek agreements with moderate Democrats – just like Reagan did to boost the economy in the 1980’s, when he was the nation’s 40th president.
Ryan says those Democrats do exist – even though they’re drowned out by the liberal leadership in the White House and Senate. During Ryan’s speech, he blasted President Obama and his fellow Democrats for what he called anemic job growth. And Ryan reiterated that unchecked federal spending and debt are pushing the country toward a decline.
His appearance at the Reagan Library in Simi Valley California comes amid growing speculation that apparent presidential nominee Mitt Romney is considering Ryan among four possible choices for his running mate. Ryan did not discourage the speculation but said quote, “That’s somebody else’s decision.”