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Ryan Will Give GOP Response

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) will give the Republican response to President Obama's State of the Union address, a senior GOP official told The Hotline on Friday.

The seven-term Republican, newly installed as the chairman of the House Budget Committee, is one of the most prominent deficit hawks in Congress. And he is close to House leadership as a third of the original "Young Guns" program, along with Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) and Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.).

Ryan has proposed long-term austerity measures in hopes of eliminating the deficit over the next half-century. His so-called "road map" was a concrete proposal that at once helped convince pundits that Republicans had ideas to back up pledges of spending cuts and gave Democrats an excuse to accuse the GOP of wanting to cut entitlement benefits.

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