(CNN) - Rep. Paul Ryan, the 2012 Republican vice presidential nominee, joined the voices laying out a path for the future of the GOP, saying in a Saturday speech that President Barack Obama's second term presents both new challenges and opportunities for his party.
"In the president's first term, we argued against big government in theory. In his second, we will argue against it in practice," he said at a summit of conservative leaders organized by the National Review Institute, a group connected to the conservative magazine. His prepared remarks were posted online by the organization.
"Now that the president is implementing his agenda, we'll see that the benefits are far less than advertised," he added.
Ryan called on his party to exert "prudence" and "find the good in every situation - and choose the best means to achieve it."
While noting intraparty disagreements are to be expected, he urged party members to take their disagreements behind closed doors and "challenge the left, not each other."
"A healthy debate is a good and needed thing. We can deliberate in private without fighting in public," Ryan said.
His comments were not as fiery as those Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal delivered at the Republican National Committee's Winter Meeting this week. Jindal blasted the GOP for "being the stupid party" and said Republicans must stop "insulting the intelligence of voters" to win future elections and partisan battles.
Freshman Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas echoed Jindal's themes in his speech at the NRI forum, which he appeared to deliver without notes.
"I'm going to suggest two words that every Republican should have tattooed on their arm to read in every speech: growth and opportunity," he said.
Later he invoked a phrase unsuccessful GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney used to describe a bloc of voters who would not support Republican candidates. "If you could sum up went wrong last election, I think it comes down to two words, '47 percent.' By that I don't mean that ill-fitted comment," Cruz said, describing Romney as a "decent man" who had a "slip of the tongue."
Republicans, Cruz said, "are and should be the party of the 47%" by pursuing policies to better the economic circumstances for that 47%.
As the opposition party but with control of the House of Representatives - which Cruz called the "last bastion standing between us and oblivion" - the GOP should "use leverage points to make real progress on the fiscal and economic crisis facing this country."
"We can stop bad things," he said. "Stopping bad things is significant."
Cruz, Jindal and Ryan are considered likely 2016 presidential candidates. Other prominent GOP voices to speak at the event include Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker; Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell; former Sen. Jim DeMint, who resigned this year to lead the conservative Heritage foundation; and Virginia gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli, who currently serves as the state's attorney general.
Ryan's prescription for Obama's second term: "mitigate bad policy" and "advance good policy wherever we can."
"We will explain how our vision differs, how it rests on vibrant communities, how it increases social mobility," he said.
Ryan, chairman of the House Budget Committee, said he will pursue "reforms to protect and strengthen Medicare and Medicaid" as well as look at tax reform.
But with Republicans being limited in their Washington influence, Ryan allowed they should look around the country as "the front lines of reform are the states."
Republicans hold an advantage in statehouses with 30 out of 50 governorships.
Ryan, who stood alongside Romney in the run for the White House, said he was "disappointed" at the outcome of the election.
"I was looking forward to taking on the big challenges," he said. "My kids were looking forward to having a pool."
Rep. Paul Ryan... go out and get a real job in the real world... no more government handouts for you... and working as a lobbyist doesn't count
Here's a guy who has never done anything, never held a real job, always has been sucking off the government tit, and he has the temerity to think he knows anything at all? His only goal is to make sure the 47 percent are cold, hungry and homeless and he wont be happy til the US looks like Mexico City cardboard homes built in dumps where the children and aged wait for the garbage truck to deliver their next meal.
I watched Paul Ryan on meet the press this morning. Nothing has changed, he is still campaigning. I also believe that the ideas he has chosen and ways to fix America are the same. If the GOP party has not gotten the clue yet, they never will. We need people whom reallly want the deficit down, have new ideas that will work to run against these republicans who have made us stagnant that can compromise. Dems better get out and vote for people in their district that will not only represent us in Washington, but will make the right choices for the majority, send the lobbyist packing, make education a priority, pay back social security, keep our mlitary strong, pay our bills, and give us more jobs.
The GOP is still campaigning and getting their strategy together to run in 2016, get a clue, no need to run if you do not fix the government, and since we voted for President Obama, follow his lead.
The GOP says they have won the congress and not by much in many districts, if they continue with obstructionism, I think in 2014 that will not be the case. At least the fillibusters might be minimized in the future, so the senate can at least get a budget or bill out.
If your going to vote for a Dem president do the same on the senate and congress level so we do not have so much obstructionism.
Ryan lost his own state.
From the guy who has been collecting money from the taxpayers all of his life – the last statement says it all – he wanted a pool for his kids. Not he wanted to boost everyone in this country – nope – a pol for his kids.
Why doesn't he just vote himself another pay raise?
There is a Congress women from Missouri named Mary Jo Emerson, whom was suppose to represent the Cape Girardeau area of Missouri. She ran and won in that area and 9 days later decided to be a lobbyist for electric companies. Her husband when he died was a congressman and had been a lobbyist. She will make 1. something million a year. Both her daughters are lobbyist, d1 for Monsanto and 1 for GM. The kicker here for the tax payers in Missouri it will cost us almost a million to put on another election to fill her seat. Cape vote democrat and send Mary Jo packing.
'nough said Penny.
The GOP say they want to "renew" themselves, but not change their policies one bit. They're confident that with enough smooth talking, they can cover up their hideous policies, which are anti-women, anti-minority, anti-immigrant, anti-science, and anti-gay.
It already has wit the dems assault on the 2nd amendment.
====================================================================================================== You're allowing N.R.A. and Fox News sound bites to make a fool of you. Nobody is after your guns and nobody is after the 2nd Amendment. The 2nd in no way describes the capability level of the "arms you are allowed to bear". People are simply looking for common sense ways to reduce some of the gun violence – and gun nuts offer instead semantics, ridiculous analogies, and moronic bumper-sticker slogans. You'll be ignored as extremists.
The republican party is retreating from Mitt Romney who lost the presidential bid as fast as the can because, they say of his policies. Wasn't Paul Ryan his running mate. Now they are saying he is some kind of Messiah. Republicans can't believe a word they say.
These guys are salesmen for the Horse Manure Company. They can repackage their product all they want, but it's still horse manure.
The steeples are a fickle bunch. Wouldn't surprise me all if what Ryan says happens.
Paul Ryan said in Pres. Obama's second term he will argue against big government in practice. Folks, you can not call the greatest nation on earth while what the country is doing are not great. Do little or nothing and still you say you are great!!!!! Either you choose to be in the category of small nations (as what they do are not remarkable), or you do big things and get recognise as a greatest nation.
Ryan,the AynRand follower who's delushional as well..Doesn't he know midterms are around the corner and all these tea baggin fleas will be history if they don't change their obstructionistic views and agendas..Both partys have to knuckle down and think of their constituents not their lobbyists wants because voters put them there not any lobbyist, money that's made most of them millionaires in no time flat...Remember all your obstructing is recorded and gerrymandering,voter supression tactics like before won't help,just ask Allan West who moved to a more republican area and still got beat..The edifying is on the wall republicans ,change for America or get out it couldn't be any plainer!!
Another politican disconnected from reality and prospering from it.
We need a paradigm shift in American politicians. Not holding my breath.
This will be a repeat of the last four years: extreme sour grapes from the GOP, obstructionism in Congress because they lost all interest in working for the American people a long time ago, and because they don't want to fix what they helped break, Tiresome, when people don't show any interest in learning, isn't it?
Ryan expected to be Vice President of the United States. He was wrong about that and is wrong about his future projections. Wish these guys would just fade away.
Ryan and Jindals latest comments show that the Republican Party is still in denial. The future of the Republican Party does not lie in the success or failure of the Obama presidency, but on whether or not the party can change its culture and rewrite its conservative principles to meet the challenges of a changing American demographics.
Ryan also expected to win in 2012. How well did that go?