Day Two at CPAC: Top Talkers

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  • Keeping It Real
  • Man Up
  • Blowing Smoke
  • Hired Gun
  • Tread Carefully
  • Don't Go Changing
  • Regrets: He's Got a Few

Blowing Smoke

House Budget Committee chairman Rep. Paul Ryan avoided his failed bid for vice president and stuck to what he likes best the federal budget. He defended his economic blueprint in remarks delivered at the conservative summit and accused Democrats of "blowing smoke" on the budget and creating hardship for Americans. "By living beyond our means, the government is sending a message. It's saying, 'If you plan ahead - if you make sacrifices for your kids, if you save, you're a sucker.' It is brazenly stealing from our children and from young adults. And it has to stop."

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