Paul Ryan to Tell CPAC: 'Go Bold' in 2012 or Go Home

Ryan said he'll stress to CPAC attendees that it's not enough to say the president is doing a bad job, but that conservatives must confront arguments that paint the right's vision as "an agenda of social Darwinism" with a cruel society where only the strong survive.

"There's a moral high ground here and we have to defend that," he said. "We believe in equal opportunity, not equality of outcome."

That includes not banking on "default elections," Ryan said, but a presidential contest that "gives the people of our communities, our country an affirmative choice to vote for."

Ryan did not endorse a presidential candidate in 2008 and has not yet offered any of the GOP hopefuls his endorsement (here's a list of current endorsements in Congress).

When asked in the conference call about Romneycare as an inspiration for Obamacare, Ryan said the mandate in Mitt Romney's Massachusetts healthcare system did carry over to Obama's health reform.

Ryan said, though, that Romney "has done a pretty good job of saying he would not do this at the federal level," and he expected any eventual GOP nominee to oppose Obamacare.

Romney is also scheduled to speak at CPAC, along with fellow presidential candidate former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.). Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and his wife, Callista, are scheduled to introduce a screening of the film Ronald Reagan: Rendezvous with Destiny.