ON UKRAINE: The Obama administration has projected weakness, invited aggression…but is making the proper responses
RYAN: There are a lot of moves that this administration has made in the area of foreign policy with respect to the Russians, Syria, missile defense, that I think has projected weakness. And, I think when you have the world superpower having a foreign policy that, in my opinion, is weak and a defense policy now that shows weakness, I think it invites aggression. I think that it creates a vacuum that is filled by these types of actions.
But, let's be really clear. Who is to blame for this? Vladimir Putin is to blame for this. And, I think the administration is making the proper responses.
And, it all comes back to … the Keystone Pipeline
RYAN: We should move forward on natural gas exports very quickly. I think we should approve an LNG terminal on the East Coast to go to Europe. I think we should approve the Keystone Pipeline. I think we should show that the U.S. is going to be moving forward on becoming energy independent and supplying energy to Europeans -
BOLDUAN: Moving forward with the Keystone Pipeline -
BOLDUAN: - that development would take years though to actually make that happen.
RYAN: Kate, the signal that America is open for energy business and America is going to be helping our allies with energy resources so that they can be less dependent on Russian energy resources. The signal is very, very important.
ON THE BUDGET: It’s an election year and the President isn’t fooling anyone with his budget proposal
RYAN: This is more of a campaign brochure. He moved farther to the left of this budget. In past budgets, he would put proposals that were trying I think to narrow the difference between Republicans and Democrats - work towards common ground. There's no illusions of that here.
So, this is nothing but a big tax increase, massive increase in our debt. It’s a budget that never balances, adds $8.3 trillion to the debt, $1.8 trillion in new taxes half of which goes to more spending. He does gut the - he cuts the military greatly in my opinion not for deficit reduction but for more domestic spending.
And, it all comes back to … 2016
BOLDUAN: Hearing you talk about Ukraine and hearing you talk about priorities in an election year makes me wonder – is there any good reason why Paul Ryan should not be running for president in 2016?
RYAN: I’ll get to that stuff later. Right now we’re in the majority -
BOLDUAN: Where are you in your process?
RYAN: - I’m keeping my options open. And I have decided after this election, we're in the majority here I have responsibilities in the House of Representatives. I’ll focus on those responsibilities and after this session then Janna and I are going to sit down and give a really good long hard look at this.