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Wednesday, November 9, 2016

 11:23 AM 

Ryan: Republicans have a chance to 'go bold' with unified government

House Speaker Paul Ryan said at news conference today that with Republicans in control of the White House and Congress there is an opportunity to "go bold" in enacting the GOP's agenda.

Ryan said when Republicans last had a unified government, they failed to seize the opportunity.

"The opportunity is now here," the Janesville Republican said. "And the opportunity is to go big, to go bold and to get things done for the people of this country."

Ryan said President-elect Donald Trump's victory came from him listening to those who felt they've been ignored, adding that Trump "earned a mandate."

"This is the most incredible political feat I have seen in my lifetime," Ryan said, adding that many Americans feel alienated, have lost faith in core institutions and don't feel represented by people in office. "But Donald Trump heard a voice out in this country no one else heard. He connected in ways with people no one else did. He turned politics on its head."

Ryan, who had several times criticized Trump during the campaign, said his relationship with Trump is "fine" and noted he spoke with him twice in the last 18 hours.

"I think we're going to hit the ground running," Ryan said, noting they are already talking about getting transition teams working together. "We're very excited".

Asked if Trump is supporting his speakership, Ryan demurred, saying "we had great conversations about how we work together on the transition to make this work together."

Ryan noted the House majority is larger than expected and credited Trump with much of the victories.

"Donald Trump provided the kind of coattails that got a lot of people over the finish line so that we could maintain our strong House and Senate majorities," Ryan said. "Now we have important work to do."

Ryan also called for Americans to come together.

"There is no doubt our democracy can be very messy, and we do remain a sharply divided country," Ryan said. "But now, as we do every four years, we have to work to heal the divisions of a long campaign."

Ryan said he thought Trump "set the perfect tone" to accomplish that goal during his acceptance speech.

"This needs to be a time of redemption, not a time recrimination," he said. "We all need to rededicate ourselves to making America great and making it a more perfect union."

Watch the briefing (Ryan's remarks begin at 3-minutes in)

-- By David Wise


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