With an “I told you so” attitude, Rep. Paul Ryan, the 2012 GOP vice presidential nominee, slammed the “catastrophically weak foreign policy” of President Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and warned that her election in 2016 would just mean Obama-Clinton, Part III.
While in Milwaukee to tout his book, The Way Forward, Renewing the American Idea, he told Secrets on Monday that the foreign policy “failures” at Obama’s feet prove that he and Mitt Romney were correct in their criticism of Obama during the election.
Reiterating that Romney is still a good candidate for president, the Wisconsin Republican said, “I obviously think there is buyer’s remorse. I think Mitt was right on foreign policy, he was right on a number of issues. The problem he and I had in 2012 is we had to campaign against Obama’s rhetoric. And he delayed all of his policies from implementation until 2013.”
Now, he added, the “results are much closer to what we said they would be versus what he promised they would be.”
Ryan said that in 2016, “We need to parlay this into a lessons-learned, so that we don’t give the country and Obama a third term, which is what you would have with a Clinton, or [Sen. Elizabeth] Warren, or whoever presidency on the left.”
Speaking before news of the the latest ISIS beheading of a second American journalist, he ridiculed the Obama-Clinton foreign policy and said that despite her efforts, Clinton can’t distance herself from the current policy woes at State or the Oval Office.
“She was the architect of Obama foreign policy in his first term, so you can try and distance yourself as much as you can, but I just don’t think that sells, I don’t think that works, I don’t think that’s legitimate,” he said.
“I think she’s clearly very much to the left of her husband, and she’s a liberal-progressive who was the architect of a catastrophically weak foreign policy,” he added.
In his book, Ryan lays out a forward agenda on economic, immigration and federal mandates and argues that the GOP needs to provide a positive alternative to the Democrats.
“It’s not only ‘I told you so,’ that big government, weak foreign policy doesn’t work. It’s ‘I told you so,’ and here is the better way to go,” Ryan told Secrets.
“We need a clarifying election to snap out of the path we’re on and get this stuff under control, this stuff being national security, entitlements, the economy,” he said.Paul Bedard, the Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.