(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."
How did this plutocratic punk who could've even carry his own state become the voice of the Republican Party?
this guy was also sure he was going to be the next vp
Ryan and his cohort thought Obama was a one term president . Of course his marathon time?, the guy has credibility issue
Romney's statement was NOT a slip of the tongue. it represents actual GOP policy. Cruz is advocating a policy of revisionism and pretending reality does not exist. For example, The GOP is pretending that it is the party of sound fiscal policy and ignoring the fact that Bush wrecked the economy with GOP policies.
So what Ryan told his friends is that it is alright to disagree and even hate what he says in public, but just don't tell anyone else.... go out in public and act like a cheerleader, even if you don't agree... lie through your teeth... anything to get me elected.. please, throw all morals out the window.
"Lyin Ryan" is a loser for a reason. His opinion is of no value – as we learned throughout the campaign.
Republicans don't want to stop bad policy. They want to stop Democratic policy, good or bad.
The gop are rich snobs they have no idea what the 47 percent live like what would they do if they went hungrey and had trouble paying there bills
All REPUBLICAN and Paul Ryan need to get mature and talk like a adult.What he is talking about and that also to whom ??all sore looser.
In this week that =McCain started MISLEADING american people in the name of Bengazi attack.whats wrong with this sore looser ,who did not had common sense or wisdom in selecting that dumb SARAH PALIN as her VP choice.
Now RPC want to STEAL next election by changing election rules set equal in all states.SHAME...these Republican are sure to loose next election heavily with these all culprit mentality to mislead voters,giving hard time to voters.try to block
votes and steal election.VOTERS ARE NOT STUPID and will teach them nice lesson in election.
it's impressive how the current generation of GOP are good at doubling down at losing ..
that is very good news .. the GOP will lose the House and this country will be able to move forward
If it didn't work in theory, it sure won't work in practice, Herr Ryan.
Looser! REally – the Republi-can'ts are going to keep Impeding progress, being whiny little girls and disgruntled and ineffective.... so that's going to get them re-elected -hmmmm, we shall see! Time to WORK for the people and not try to "RULE" them by the tenets of corporate handlers. Hypocrites, money-grubbing, sniffling and whining NOT welcome in 2016!
Ryan, Jindal, and Cruz. Of the three of them, only Jindal even got one thing half-right and that is the "stupid party". Cruz is so crazed he thinks we are on the edge of oblivion. Ryan is delusional and hall out of his mind most of the time.
I can eat a bowl of alphabet soup and later excrete a better argument than any put forth by the Tea-Repubs.
Ryan is selling the same old Republican snake oil that voters rejected. Republicans are still playing the obstructionist game of saying NO to everything.
And Mr. Ryan continues in his rabbithole.
GOP lost BIG! and they are having a very hard time getting over it. They are doing a great job of
kicking all of their moderates out and incorporating extremism in. As long as that continues i will
be voting democrat. The extremism, in my view, is what lost Ohio for them. For president and senate
races. "legitimate rape, takers, etc–this kind of talk from the GOP was worse than bad for them.
And if ithat is their tone then good riddens to them!
Ryan is just wishful thinking. The Republicans still don't understand voters rejected their platform and obstructionist behavior. All they focus on is Pres. Obama when they should be listening to what the voters. So sad that their hysteria has gone beyond all reason and they can't understand they have never had a workable plan for fixing the economy or anything else. And people have seen through their charade.
Oh my gosh. I've been laughing so hard i hv tears running down my checks. I've just caught my breath. Lmao.
And still the Republicans refuse to listen to the citizens but rather press on for their limited agenda targeted to the wealthy. All Obama has to do is to let them talk, watch them attempt to obstruct, because they are self-destructing with every word.
I am just grateful that he took the time in between his P90X workouts, to share his post election opinions with us. Valuable stuff. Ryan really has a knack for predicting political outcomes.
I remember the 2010 election and the republicans running on job! jobs!, jobs!. Next thing you know it was voter suppression, abortion rights being taken away, social programs being gutted, etc. In other words, what they speak in public is not what they are going to do. Makes it very hard to TRUST anything they say.
They also said Romney would win in a landslide, so why should we believe anything he says?
big deal whats next.
Whatever you think of his policies, Ryan is very intelligent and understands the budget far better than 99% of his colleagues in Congress. BTW, it is being reported elsewhere that SS will be unable to pay full benefits as early as 2016 – much sooner than previous forecasts. Now the question is, who is going to save it and how how they going to do it?