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‘A Very Effective Response’

Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R., Wis.) tells National Review Online that he watched both President Obama’s address and Rep. Paul Ryan’s response from his office on Capitol Hill. If he had attended the State of the Union in the House chamber, he says, he wouldn’t have had time to see his fellow Badger Stater in action.

He said Ryan’s “very effective response” created an opportunity for the American people to assess two very different visions for the country. “It made a sharp distinction between the president talking about ‘investments’ — which is the new word for government spending — and Mr. Ryan talking about limited government being the road to creating more jobs and the road to prosperity,” he says.

He dismissed as “Democratic propaganda” the idea that Ryan’s selection was an implicit endorsement of his “Roadmap” for America – designed to deflect attention from what Ryan actually had to say. Sensenbrenner pointed out – correctly – that Ryan did not mention the ‘Roadmap’ once in his remarks.

“I think the president should be grateful that he has Mr. Ryan as a budget chairman,” he tells us. “Mr. Ryan’s tenacity is going to be able to force the president to make compromises that need to be made in order for us to cut back on spending and not borrow ourselves into national bankruptcy.”

Andrew StilesAndrew Stiles is a political reporter for National Review Online. He previously worked at the Washington Free Beacon, and was an intern at The Hill newspaper. Stiles is a 2009 ...

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