"Most people don't want to be poor," he told John Dickerson. "Most people don't want to be dependent. And if we speak as if everybody is in this category, that's wrong. And so that's what I did, and I was wrong to do that."
"I think political correctness has gone way overboard," Ryan told CBS's Dickerson in that same interview. "And that's the new thing in the campaign, which I think is great. But let's just be accurate. Let's be right. ... Let's not have populism that's unattached from our principles."
"After 2012, it became clear to me getting out of Wisconsin, traveling the country in the 2012 campaign, that there are a lotta people hurting in America. The promise of this country isn't something that people see for themselves. That here are generations and communities where people don't believe that this American idea is there for them. And if the American idea is not there for everybody, then it's really not there at all."
"This great idea that the condition of your birth doesn't determine the outcome of your life. You can make it in America. A lot of people don't believe that that is there for them anymore. That's a shame. We should be the party to show how we can restore that, that opportunity, that growth, and that security that is such a huge issue these days, given the fight we have with-- with radical Islamic terrorism."