"I grew up reading Ayn Rand and it taught me quite a bit about who I am and what my value systems are and what my beliefs are. It's inspired me so much that it's required reading in my office for all my interns and my staff. ? Paul Ryan in a 2005 speech to a group of Rand devotees called the Atlas Society"[x]
"I reject her [Ayn Rand's] philosophy. It's an atheist philosophy. It reduces human interactions down to mere contracts and it is antithetical to my worldview. If somebody is going to try to paste a person's view on epistemology to me, then give me Thomas Aquinas. Don't give me Ayn Rand. ?Paul Ryan, National Review interview, April 2012"[x]
"I don't have the time. It would take me too long to go through all of the math. -Paul Ryan, when asked to explain Mitt Romney's tax plan and the claim that it would bring lower tax rates for all Americans while remaining revenue-neutral, Fox News interview, Sept. 30, 2012"[x]
"I'm very proud of my pro-life record, and I've always adopted the idea that, the position that the method of conception doesn't change the definition of life." - Paul Ryan, referring to rape as a "method of conception" when asked if it should it be legal for a woman to be able to get an abortion if she's raped, interview with WJHL, Roanoake, Va., Aug. 23, 2012"[x]
"I had a two hour and fifty-something. I hurt a disc in my back, so I don't run marathons anymore. -Paul Ryan, boasting about his personal best marathon time, when in fact, he only ran one marathon which he finished in just over four hours, interview on Hugh Hewitt's radio show, Aug. 22, 2012"[x]
"One of the things I will talk about, that no president has talked about before, is I think the dangers of contraception in this country.... Many of the Christian faith have said, well, that's okay, contraception is okay. It's not okay. It's a license to do things in a sexual realm that is counter to how things are supposed to be."[x]
"Satan has his sights on the United States of America."[x]
"I like firing people."[x]
"I'm not concerned about the very poor."[x]
"Corporations are people, my friend."[x]
"Planned Parenthood, we're going to get rid of that."[x]
"We should double Guantanamo!"[x]
"There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it. That that's an entitlement. And the government should give it to them. And they will vote for this president no matter what.
So my job is not to worry about those people, I'll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives."[x]
"I say that because there is the perception that oh you were born with a silver spoon, you know, you never had to earn anything and so forth and, and frankly I was born with a silver spoon."[x]
"But obviously, we've got to stand with our North Korean allies."[x]
"The fact that drilling won't solve every problem is no excuse to do nothing at all."[x]
"Because I have both boys and girls I have a greater respect for equality and making sure that gender is not an issue and that everyone is treated equally."[x]
State of Arizona
"Tucson's school district was told that its Mexican-American Studies program violated an Arizona law barring ethnic studies, but they were never told how, or why. Now teachers say the school district is implementing draconian actions to try and stay in compliance with a law no one understands."[x]
"The problem isn't too little money in political campaigns, but not enough."[x]
"The idea that a Congressman would be tainted by accepting money from private industry or private sources is essentially a socialist argument."[x]
"People ask me, 'What are you going to do to develop jobs in your state?' Well, that's not my job as a U.S. senator."[x]
"We needed to have the press be our friend... We wanted them to ask the questions we want to answer so that they report the news the way we want it to be reported."[x]
The state of Florida
"THE STAND YOUR GROUND LAW -- Florida Statute 776.013 (3): A person who is not engaged in an unlawful activity and who is attacked in any other place where he or she has a right to be has no duty to retreat and has the right to stand his or her ground and meet force with force, including deadly force if he or she reasonably believes it is necessary to do so to prevent death or great bodily harm to himself or herself or another or to prevent the commission of a forcible felony."[x]
"We've given all you people need to know."[x]
"There was no intention of me being disrespectful or of me being, quote, small."[x]
"The idea of our own American government submitting the duly enacted laws of a state of the United States to 'review' by the United Nations is internationalism run amok and unconstitutional."[x]
"There is no one in this country that has thousands of posse men and women doing the job on volunteerism."[x]
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