“If you want to hear an inclusive leader who’s visionary, who’s got a path for the future, who’s brought people together, who’s unified: it’s Nikki Haley.” House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) appeared on CNN’s The Lead with Jake Tapper, explaining why Governor Haley is the right choice for tomorrow night’s GOP response to President Obama’s State of the Union Address. Speaker Ryan went on to explain why the Obama administration’s policies have led America down the wrong path:  

“If you want to hear an inclusive leader who’s visionary, who’s got a path for the future, who’s brought people together, who’s unified: it’s Nikki Haley.” “Look, I’m really excited about this. If you want to hear an inclusive leader who’s visionary, who’s got a path for the future, who’s brought people together, who’s unified: it’s Nikki Haley. That’s who we’re going to hear from tomorrow night. So I think she’s the perfect person for it. I had a hand in selecting her. I did this speech in 2011, so believe me, I understand the stakes can be high for a person doing this speech. I think she’s a natural…At the end of the day, we just said, 'be yourself, communicate to the country, represent our party as well as you have been and you’ll be just fine.' I think she’s going to do great.”

“We should be measuring ourselves against our potential.” "I believe that our economy is extremely weak. I believe that the world is on fire. Our national security is terrible. I think our economy needs to do a lot better and I don't think the president has brought us in the right direction. I think he's put us on a dangerous path and we need to get on the other path. So, yeah, I think the state of the economy and the state of our foreign affairs is terrible right now and people are really worried about national security. So, no, I don't think we're nearly as healthy as we can and should be. . . . We should be measuring ourselves against our potential and we're so far from it. Flat wages, 46 million people living in poverty, a debt crisis still on the horizon—that is not what I would call a roadmap for upward mobility and economic growth for America. So we can do a whole lot better, not to mention the fact that our foreign policy is in absolute shambles. And that's why people are really worried and anxious about their own personal security."

“We’re waiting for the president to show us a plan for how he intends to defeat ISIS." “The Commander-in-Chief is responsible for waging war. The Commander-in-Chief is responsible for executing foreign policy. We passed a bill about two months ago requiring that the president bring to Congress a plan to defeat ISIS. Then, accompanying that, one would think that’s where such a declaration would occur—an authorization to use force. We have no heard anything from the president on that. So while we debate the best way to authorize the use of force, we’re waiting for the president to show us a plan for how he intends to defeat ISIS because his containment policy hasn’t worked. He’s failed. The other point I’d say is the president did send an authorization to use force last year to Congress, but he did it such a way to tie the hands of the next president. So we’re not going to sit around and allow this president to constrain and handcuff the next president, whoever that person is going to be, from doing what is necessary to keep the country safe. So if he’s asking for that, we’re not going to give that to him. But if he’s going to give us a plan to actually defeat ISIS then we clearly will work with him on that because that’s our objective.”

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Recent Interviews:
MSNBC's Morning Joe, January 11
CBS News's Face the Nation, January 10
Fox News's Special Report with Bret Baier, January 8
Yahoo News with Katie Couric, January 6