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Rep. Paul Ryan: Guinta 'deserves' return to Congress

New Hampshire Union Leader

February 18. 2014 10:19PM
Congressman Paul Ryan speaks to reporters during a fundraiser for Frank Guinta, at the Radisson Hotel, in Manchester, on Tuesday. (Thomas Roy/Union Leader)

MANCHESTER ­— U.S. Representative and former Republcian vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan brushed aside any questions about his political future at a fundraiser Tuesday for former Republican U.S. Rep. Frank Guinta.

"I'm not here for myself or for any other reason other than to help Frank Guinta," Ryan said when asked whether he was considering a run for President. "This guy deserves to come back to Congress."

Guinta is trying to regain the 1st District congressional seat he lost to U.S. Rep. Carol Shea-Porter, D-N.H., in 2012, after winning the seat from her in 2010.

"I'm looking forward to getting in this conversation with Carol Shea-Porter again," Guinta said.

Ryan, a Republican from Wisconsin serving his eighth term in office, said the House has had to assume more of an "oversight" role because of President Barack Obama's recent executive actions. Obama announced during his State of the Union address that he would use executive powers and circumvent Congress if he felt the need to. He recently enacted a raise in the federal minimum wage, to $10.10, for employees of federal contractors.

"This administration is becoming increasingly lawless by the day," Ryan said. "They are abusing their authority and rewriting laws that they don't have any authority to do so.

"Congress writes laws. That's the legislative branch's power, not the executive branch's power, and we think the President is stretching it," he said.

Ryan praised Tea Party efforts, saying the Tea Party helped Republicans return to fiscal responsibility.

"I think they have done a great service to bring us to becoming a real fiscal conservative party, which before 2010 I think our party lost its moorings," he said. "So I think they have done a lot to get us whipped into shape as a true fiscal conservative party."

He also said he would "love" if his running mate in 2012, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, ran again, "but I don't think he's going to."

Guinta said he believes the "frustrations" of the 2012 election in New Hampshire, in which he was defeated and Democrats took the governor's office, the State House and New Hampshire's other House disrtict seat, have brought about a renewed vigor for the state GOP.

"There is beginning now, in 2014, there is excitement in New Hampshire," he said.

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