Paul Ryan. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.
Catalina Camia, USA TODAY
Paul Ryan said he is "disappointed" the country didn't accept the GOP presidential ticket's budget proposals and doesn't believe the election was a rejection of their ideas on overhauling Medicare.
The Republican vice presidential nominee sat down for his first post-election interviews with home-state news outlets WISC-TV and the Journal-Sentinel newspaper. Mitt Romney's running mate bemoaned the voter turnout that helped President Obama win a second term and said both parties will have to work to find common ground.
"I don't think we lost it on those budget issues, especially Medicare," Ryan told WISC-TV.
Ryan, who won an eighth term last week as a Wisconsin congressman, told the Journal-Sentinel that he wants to be "part of the solution" in tackling the nation's fiscal issues. As chairman of the House Budget Committee, Ryan could play a key role in coming weeks as the White House and Congress work to stave off tax cuts set to expire at the end of the year and deep spending cuts that will take effect at the beginning of January.
"It's clear we have a country that is divided among a number of issues," Ryan told the Journal-Sentinel. "We thought that the best thing for the country is to get ahead of our fiscal problems. We offered specific solutions. It didn't go our way."
In the pair of interviews, Ryan attributed the Romney-Ryan ticket's loss to Obama's ability to win big in urban areas.
"The president should get credit for achieving record-breaking turnout numbers from urban areas for the most part, and that did win the election for him," Ryan said to the Milwaukee newspaper.
Exit polls show Obama won 69% of the vote in big cities, compared with 29% for Romney.