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Well right now planning for the future of the Republican Party some leading GOP figures firing up the crowd did that Conservative Political Action Conference outside Washington DC.
Former vice presidential nominee Ron Paul speaking I'm sorry Paul Ryan.
Had little Ron Paul on the brain there.
Paul Ryan speaking about the need to get back to the party's conservative fiscal approach these are live pictures right now -- -- here.
The National Rifle Association.
There is also talk about the smaller government and the need for -- -- conservatism take a listen.
We don't see the debt.
As an excuse to cut with a -- him.
To shirk our obligations we see it as an opportunity to reform government to make it leaner and more effective.
That's what we.
And right now that's a conservative standpoint -- -- we are.
Joining us now Stephen Hayes the senior writer for the weekly standard and -- Fox News contributor.
The Washington Post had an interesting line they say the future of the Republican Party.
Took some shots -- it's passed on Thursday.
More fireworks today Stephen.
Yeah I think you will see some more Feyerick has -- both Republicans and conservatives sort of work through what to do next after that.
Results of the 2012 election but I always interesting.
This is this morning at least is to contrast what you heard from Paul Ryan -- saying that the debt and deficits are.
A central issue that need to be dealt with immediately -- the exchange that you just had with Ed Henry.
Who says that White House aides want to move away from the budget move away from these debt and deficit issues because.
They're keeping him from getting to things that they regard as more important.
I think there's just the fundamental.
Difference between the two drug governing philosophies right now -- be expected to hear.
A lot more of the criticism of President Obama then you will for Republican -- smashing and beating up one another seat back when.
-- interest in you know Paul Ryan has his budget proposal out it has been savaged primarily by the -- there have been some critics on the right.
But you can say that at least he has -- out there the White House.
Which is required under the constitution to put out a budget hasn't hasn't done so in his cell we were so busy with sequester we can't get it out for a couple months.
Right and I think it's probably safe to -- -- that the white house budget.
Is never gonna balance either -- -- one of the things that Paul Ryan's budget does is -- in ten years have -- previous.
You to regions of this budgeted it taken a bit longer but I think Paul Ryan deserves a tremendous amount of credit for actually including entitlement reform.
In his budget in the governing document that house Republicans have put out now remember.
It's funny to think back 34 years ago the idea of including entitlement reform in in a budget in a party's governing document was anathema.
And thought -- -- -- political suicide.
But Ryan did that he's pushed entitlement reform.
The president hasn't yet joined -- and he's hinted that he might favor.
Certain kinds -- I would say small entitlement reforms but we'll see if that the president includes any in his budget but you're pointing to some of the criticism that has been thrown -- -- Ryan budget.
Even from members of his own party who say look you know this is the same kind of platform you -- on as the vice presidential candidate.
And we lost.
Yeah well look I think there's there's some very shortsighted criticism directed at Paul Ryan right now suggesting that.
You know this isn't a real serious budget or this isn't the budget doesn't go quite far enough I mean.
I haven't heard entitlement reform proposals from many people criticizing Paul Ryan.
And I think it didn't -- you go back and look at the history of what happened with the Ryan budget in the fact that that Ryan had to challenge.
His own party the institutions of his own party including the National Republican Congressional Committee which in 2010.
Just three years ago was advising people not -- to talk about entitlement reform I think the fact that it's now.
A center piece of Republicans and where they're trying to take.
The party in the future is quite a credit to Paul Ryan.
-- so coming up in a little less than an hour you have the speakers who were both candidates the last time around on the Republican side Rick Santorum and a fellow named.
And then later on tonight Jeb Bush.
But you say that you know it's it's the people who are not invited this year that are in some ways making most of the news.
Well it's just interesting to me that I mean seat back -- has made a decision that they're not gonna invite certain people like.
Bob McDonnell like Chris Christie.
And yet they've invited people like -- Donald Trump they've excluded.
Gay conservatives from attending.
And it and it's been a distraction all of these picking and choosing.
My preference it's not my conference so it's not for me to say about my preference would be to have a big huge discussion include.
All different kinds of conservatives and and let him have it out I mean that's what this kind of an event.
I would think would be four and the irony I think he's further underscored that the guy who's running.
C -- the American Conservative Union had Al Cardenas.
Was once the guy who recruited Marco Rubio pushed him to run for -- in that and then when Charlie Crist jumped in.
And jumps to Charlie Crist and -- Marco Rubio to get out sew -- conservatives would do a lot better there was little less finger pointing and less.
Bad and more debate and discussion robust discussion of these issues all right Stephen Hayes I know you're gonna be watching today and we -- as well Stephen -- that would be mistakes John thank you.
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