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Paul Ryan to Bill Clinton: ‘We knew we were putting ourselves out there’ (Video)

Former president Bill Clinton and House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) had a brief, backstage chat about Ryan’s budget and its future in the House following Democrat Kathy Hochul’s win in the New York-26 congressional special election Tuesday. The two met during the “2011 Fiscal Forum” hosted by The Peterson Foundation Wednesday in Washington.

Hochul’s win, which Democrats have touted as a referendum on Ryan’s budget proposal has put the Wisconsin Republican in the hot seat. But Ryan received a few words of encouragement, and an open phone line from one Democrat: Clinton.

“So anyway, I told them before you got here, I said I’m glad we won this race in New York," Clinton said. “I hope Democrats don't use this as an excuse to do nothing.”

“My guess is it’s going to sink into paralysis is what’s going to happen,” said Ryan, “And you know the math. It’s just, I mean, we knew we were putting ourselves out there. You gotta start this. You gotta get out there. You gotta get this thing moving.”

Clinton then offered Ryan an opportunity to follow up on their brief chat, “If you ever want to talk about it, give me a call.”

(h/t Jonathan Karl, ABC News)

Emi Kolawole is the editor-in-residence at Stanford University's, where she works on media experimentation and design.


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