Paul Ryan praises the moral vision of Ayn Rand and explicitly says that her vision of society expresses his own foundational principles.
"It's so important that we go back to our roots to look at Ayn Rand's vision, her writings, to see what our girding, under-grounding [sic] principles are. I always go back to, you know, Francisco d'Anconia's speech (at Bill Taggart's wedding) on money when I think about monetary policy.
And then I go to the 64-page John Galt speech, you know, on the radio at the end, and go back to a lot of other things that she did, to try and make sure that I can check my premises so that I know that what I'm believing and doing and advancing are square with the key principles of individualism. ...
If we're going to actually win this we need to make sure that we're solid on premises, that our principles are well-defended, and if we want to go and articulately defend these principles and what they mean to our society, what they mean for the trends that we set internationally, we have to go back to Ayn Rand.
Because there is no better place to find the moral case for capitalism and individualism than through Ayn Rand's writings and works."
- Speech to the Atlas Society on the anniversary of Ayn Rand's birth
Paul Ryan here is completely unambiguous in his belief that people like him and those attending the Atlas Society event need to do more to explain Ayn Rand's ideas because they are the best, if not perhaps only, way to present a solid moral argument on behalf of unrestrained capitalism.