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Paul Ryan: My budget won’t hurt GOP presidential hopefuls

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House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said Tuesday that he doesn’t expect his new budget blueprint to be a negative for the eventual GOP presidential nominee come November.

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.). (Joshua Roberts/Bloomberg)

“No, I really don’t,” Ryan told reporters at the Capitol when asked whether he expected his fiscal year 2013 plan to have a detrimental effect on Republicans’ prospects for winning the White House. “I think all of our candidates have campaigned on these various ideas. Our nominee owes it to the country to give them a choice of two futures. We’re helping him do that.”

President Obama, Ryan argued, “is giving us a path of debt and decline.”

”We owe the country an alternative path if we don’t like the path the president’s taking us on,” he said. “Whoever our nominee is going to be owes the country that choice of two futures; we’re helping them put this together. And each of these people running for president have all given their various ideas and reforms with perfectly jive or consistent with what we’re proposing here.”

The GOP White House hopefuls – who were campaigning in Illinois and Louisiana on Tuesday -- did not immediately issue statements on the Ryan budget.

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