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Paul Ryan Doesn't Think Sending Troops To Fight ISIS Should Be Taken Off The Table

"We have to have a long-term, effective program to put them out of existence."

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Republican Rep. Paul Ryan thinks a long-term program is needed to fight ISIS and doesn't think the possibility of American ground troops should be taken off the table.

"We have to have a long-term, effective program to put them out of existence," Ryan said in an interview with radio host Larry Elder Saturday to promote his book The Way Forward. "Many of us have been watching this group for a while now, getting the intelligence reports, seeing what they were doing. They have been masterful in their rise, in their organization...acquisitions of money, munitions, property, and territory. We need to finish them off because we will either fight them here or we will fight them there. That in my mind is basically the choice."

"It sounds to me like, at some point, you anticipate combat boots on the ground," Elder said in the interview.

"I don't know the answer to that, but you certainly don't take that off the table," Ryan responded.

Ryan expressed concern with what he called the Obama administration's "day-by-day" strategy in Iraq in absence of a long-term plan to fight ISIS militants.

Andrew Kaczynski is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

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