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Paul Ryan: GOP primary should not be 'personality contest' (+video)

Rep. Paul Ryan (R) of Wisconsin said Thursday that the GOP needs an election that carries a mandate. In Ryan's view, Mitt Romney has offered a positive agenda for fixing the nation.

Rep. Paul Ryan (R) of Wisconsin speaks at a Monitor-hosted breakfast for reporters in Washington, D.C., February 16.
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House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R) of Wisconsin said that given the nation’s tough fiscal situation presidential candidate Mitt Romney should offer voters a “positive agenda” for how to fix the nation’s problems – and that Mr. Romney has done just that.

Speaking at a Monitor-hosted breakfast for reporters Thursday, Representative Ryan said, “We just can’t have an ordinary election where it is a personality contest and then you win by default and don’t have a mandate. We need to have an election with a mandate so we can actually fix these problems.”

Ryan, one of most influential Republicans in the US House of Representatives, charged that in 2008 President Obama ran, “what I would say was a vague platitude campaign – hope and change. And then he gave us all stuff he did with the Pelosi Congress.”


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