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May 17th, 2013
02:08 PM ET

Web exclusive: Can Republicans work with Obama?

Watch "The Lead" on CNN at 4 p.m. for our full interview with former vice presidential candidate Rep. Paul Ryan. In the meantime - a teaser Q&A with the Wisconsin Republican.

Jake: There are certainly a lot of controversies or scandals brewing right now when it comes to the Obama administration. There's Benghazi, IRS, the DOJ issuing subpoenas of the Associated Press phone records. We have the story yesterday about the terrorists, former terrorists put in the -

Paul Ryan: Right.

Jake: - Witness Relocation Program that the Marshal Service lost track of. There's a lot for Congress to beat up the administration on. At the same time, there are pressing needs in the economy. There are pressing needs when it comes to immigration reform. Will it be possible for House Republicans to work with the administration to get things done for this country while all -

Paul Ryan: Yes, I think so.

Jake: - while also maintaining these investigations?

Paul Ryan: Yes. We can walk and chew gum at the same time. I'm part of a group of Republicans and Democrats that just reached an agreement of principle last night on immigration reform, bipartisan immigration reform. We're still working on comprehensive tax reform in the Ways and Means Committee, the committee that's doing these IRS hearings, as well. And we're working with senators like Max Baucus, the Democrat chairman of the Senate Finance Committee.

So we have to do our job to our constituents to do oversight of the federal government. We're not getting straight answers on Benghazi. Clearly, we're not getting straight answers on the IRS. Clearly, we're worried about intimidation of the press with respect to the ... DOJ scandal.

But that doesn't mean we're just going to only do that. We are going to do these other policy initiatives.

We're going to do pro-growth tax reform, pro-growth energy reform, bipartisan immigration reform. You know, we're trying to get a budget agreement to get a down payment on the debt and the deficit.

All of these things are things that we are doing. And this is our job. That's what Congress does. You know, we have a lot of responsibilities and we take all of them very seriously.

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