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Monday, January 11, 2016

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Ryan: Voters don’t need a 'personality contest' this fall

House Speaker Paul Ryan said Republicans have to offer voters a substantive election this fall and not a “personality contest,” arguing the GOP needs a mandate to implement policies he thinks would put the country back on track.

“The question is do (voters) believe that we are offering the better solution,” the Janesville Republican told WisPolitics.com today. “That’s the question that’s up in the air in people’s minds. That is what we as an opposition party need to do by becoming an alternative party, a proposition party.”

Congressional Republicans start a three-day meeting Wednesday in Baltimore to lay out their 2016 agenda. Ryan said the meeting isn’t about trying to find areas Republicans can work with President Obama this year, but beginning the process of providing a clear agenda so voters can make a choice of which way they want the country to head.

Ryan made a similar argument ahead of the 2012 election, when he was the GOP’s vice presidential nominee, only to see Obama easily win re-election. Ryan said the lesson he learned from that campaign is Republicans have to start framing the issues and defining the choice for voters earlier than they did last time.

He downplayed what it means for Republicans if voters again reject the GOP message in the presidential race.

“That just means they decided they wanted another liberal progressive to lead the country,” Ryan said. “That means they like Obamacare. That means they like stagnant wages. That means they like weak economic growth. That means they like national insecurity and a world that is effectively on fire.”

The RNC’s postmortem on the 2012 race urged the party to expand the party’s appeal, in particular, with Hispanic voters. Ryan has also said he regrets not making more of an effort in 2012 to appeal to voters in low-income neighborhoods, and he hosted GOP presidential contenders over the weekend at a poverty forum.

Still, he said today the party won’t succeed by trying to tailor its message to different audiences.

“I don’t think we should play our own version of identity politics, and so I don’t think we should look OK, this person, their skin color is this, therefore our policy is Y. This person has that religion, therefore our policy is X. This person, you know, is in this socioeconomic group, therefore our policy is Z,” Ryan said. “I don’t believe in identity politics. I believe in aspirational and inclusive politics, which are universal. I just don’t see Republicans succeeding at trying to pick and choose voters by trying to divide them, which Obama and the left does. I think we should choose an agenda that unifies all people and speaks to people universally. That to me is what Ronald Reagan did in 1980.”

Ryan also declined to address whether the rhetoric emerging from the GOP presidential primary will impact Republicans’ ability to reach new voters.

“I don’t like to weigh into this candidate or that candidate in the presidential primary,” Ryan said. “We can control what we can control and not what other people are saying and doing, and I think the general election is going to be much different.”


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