Ryan on Election: ‘The Surprise Was Some of the Turnout’
“I think the surprise was some of the turnout, especially in urban areas, which gave President Obama the big margin to win this race,” said Ryan, who sat down with WISC-TV reporter Jessica Arp on Monday for the first time following the election.
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Ryan said he was disappointed in not being able to carry Wisconsin, but called the state an “uphill fight.”
“Mitt didn’t pick me for a certain state, he picked me for issues, for governing, for taking on the debt crisis,” Ryan said. “We had hoped to win Wisconsin, fought hard for Wisconsin. We cut the president’s lead in half, but nevertheless it wasn’t enough.”
Ryan also had this to say, per the Washington Post:
“I don’t think we lost it on those budget issues, especially on Medicare,” Ryan told Jessica Arp, a reporter for Madison CBS affiliate WISC-TV, when asked whether the race was a referendum on his budget blueprint.