MILWAUKEE, Wis. -

Congressman Paul Ryan said he owes America a vision for the country and laid it out to supporters in downtown Milwaukee Thursday afternoon.

Ryan, speaking at a luncheon for the conservative MacIver Institute, said he spent time in a funk after losing the White House, and considered how the direction of the country could have been different.

"I really believe learning from the experiences I had from that election and from being a policy maker that if I don't like the direction the country is headed or the philosophy that's governing this country right now from this administration and other people like it, then I ought to say how I would do things differently," Ryan said.

Ryan does that in his book released this week called "The Way Forward: Renewing the American Idea." He talks about how life in Janesville shaped his worldview, and how he thinks Republicans have made bad choices and even lost elections because they're not selling their own alternative.

"I think people need to hear the message that we're trying to display, which is an inclusive message," Ryan said. "It is that we have good ideas and good solutions that speak to everybody, and I think we need to do a better job of campaigning and talking about these ideas everywhere."

Some believe the books is a precursor to a run for president in 2016, but Ryan is non-committal.

"I learned a lot from being on a national ticket and I also learned a lot about what it takes to win national elections," Ryan said. "That's one of the reasons why I wrote this book, which is to talk about an agenda I think a majority of Americans can support to get back on the right track."

Ryan went from Milwaukee to Chicago where he was set to be interviewed by his former running mate, Gov. Mitt Romney, at a public event.