Ryan: ‘We are all angry’

Ryan: ‘We are all angry’
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Speaker Paul RyanPaul RyanRyan reminds lawmakers to be on time for votes Lawmakers consider new security funding in wake of shooting Paul Ryan: ‘Beautiful day’ to catch up with Bono MORE wants frustrated GOP voters to know he’s really, really angry, too.

The Wisconsin Republican just thinks his party needs to channel that anger to have any meaningful impact.

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Ryan’s remarks Tuesday came the day after two anti-establishment candidates, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and billionaire businessman Donald Trump, placed first and second in the first-in-the-nation Iowa caucuses. The two outsiders have fired up GOP primary voters by railing against the business-as-usual attitude in Washington.

“I think [the voters] agree we need to channel the anger out there into action,” Ryan told reporters in the lobby of the Republican National Committee headquarters.

“We are all angry. We are all angry that the country is headed in the wrong direction,” the Speaker continued in something that resembled a campaign stump speech. “We are angry we’re not doing what we need to do to defeat ISIS. We’re angry that we have a porous border. We’re angry that people aren’t getting raises. We’re angry we’ve had 2 percent-something growth for 10 years. We’re angry that a debt crisis is on the horizon and we’ve done nothing to fix it because we have a progressive president.

“So the key here is to take that anger and channel it constructively into action. Let’s take it and harness it into action,” Ryan said. “Let’s go out and give a positive message, a hopeful message, and optimistic and inspirational message to our fellow citizens in America.”

In an interview last week with TheBlaze.com, Ryan made the case that anger alone wouldn’t be enough to produce real change: “Anger is not a plan. Anger is not a principle. Anger is not enough.”