House Speaker Paul Ryan took a swing at “identity politics” on the populist conservative side during the President Donald Trump era, and talked about the supposedly massive disadvantage that his House Republicans have in the 2018 midterm elections. Ryan is leaving the speakership and Congress after the November election.
“How many seats did Ronald Reagan lose in the ’82 election? 26?….So, we have a 24-seat majority, 23 of our members are in Clinton-carried districts. The average is 32, the average of the party in power’s first midterm is a 32-seat loss. So we basically have an historic trend that cuts against us,” Ryan said in a panel at the Ronald Reagan Institute with National Review editor Rich Lowry. (35:00 Minute Mark In Video Below)
Ryan said that if Republicans focus on issues then the GOP will be “just fine.”
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