Paul Ryan Shares What Would Happen if Another Progressive is Elected to the White House

On Wednesday, Ryan spoke to a room full of conservatives at Heritage Action's annual policy summit. He talked about the 2016 presidential race saying “If a progressive gets the White House, then we won’t have the kind of entitlement reform we need to get our debt under control and to get our budget balanced. ... [W]e will have a real crisis on our hands.”

He went on to say, “If you wait until after a progressive leaves the White House again, it’s going to be too late. You will have to cut benefits in real time on people who are in retirement. You will have to pull the rug out from under people.”

During a question-and-answer period, he warned of entitlements and the rapidly rising $19 trillion national debt. He explained, “The left would love nothing more than for a fragmented conservative movement to stand in a circular firing squad so the progressives can win by default."

Ryan also said he would be willing to lose his seat in Congress as long as he stands up for his convictions. Ryan stated, “This is why winning is so important: The legacy of leaving the next generation better off is up for grabs. That is why we have to win, and not only win but win with a mandate. I am fine if I lose my seat in 2018 after doing the right thing to save America. No problem. That is the attitude we have to have, but we’ve got to lay it out there to the country.”

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