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Paul Ryan Visits Wichita Falls

A former Republican Vice-Presidential candidate made a stop in Texoma Monday night.

Republican Congressman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, former Republican Governor Mitt Romney's running mate in 2012, was at Hasting's Bookstore on his book tour.

Ryan shook hands, chatted with supporters and signed his book.

His book is titled "The Way Forward: Renewing the American Idea."

Newschannel 6 Jimmie Johnson talked to Congressman Ryan about his book, three key issues facing our nation and if he will make a presidential bid in 2016.

Congressman Ryan said he wrote his book because he doesn't like the direction the country is going and believes conservatives must provide Americans with “an alternative, a better way to move forward.”

Immigration reform is a constant conversation in Congress and along the Texas and Mexico border. He believes that Congress has already taken steps in the right direction to address this crisis.

“We introduced the traffic law. We put forces on the border for the National Guard,” said Congressman Ryan. “We made sure the border control can cover every inch of the border.”

When asked about the situation in Ferguson, Missouri, where a police officer shot and killed an unarmed teenager, Congressman Ryan said, “We should let the investigators do their job and not prejudge it. Let's let justice be done and hopefully people can just take a breath and let the investigation occur.”

Rep. Ryan also believes the president must come up with a better plan to address the growing concern overseas.

“The administration made some big problems in Syria and Iraq, but right now what I would like to hear from our Commander in Chief, is not how he's going to contain or react to ISIS; I would like to hear a campaign strategy to get rid of ISIS, to thoroughly defeat ISIS,” said Congressman Ryan.

While Congressman Ryan answered tough questions from the media, he still remains tight lipped about whether he will run for president in 2016.

“That's something my wife and I will take a good look at and make a decision in 2015,” said Congressman Ryan.

Ryan will hit the road overnight and have book signings in Waco, Forth Worth and Dallas on Tuesday.

Jimmie Johnson, Newschannel 6


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