Ryan to Avoid ‘Wedge Fights’ in Primaries

by Robert Costa

Paul Ryan tells National Review Online that he will not use his political clout to pick primary favorites next year.

“I want to use my political-action committee to advance good ideas,” Ryan says. “I don’t see that as picking primaries and creating wedge fights within the party.”

Ryan’s PAC, Prosperity Action, will instead focus on educating candidates and shaping the national conversation, particularly on economic and fiscal issues. “We’ll keep doing what we’ve always done,” Ryan tells me.

The congressman’s decision is part of his push for party unity. As a former Republican vice-presidential candidate, he wants to prevent “circular firing squads” from damaging the party.

Last year, Ryan’s PAC raised more than $4 million, making it one of the top fundraising outfits in Republican politics.

Where Ryan’s PAC fits into his political future, however, is unclear. “My job and representing my district are my priorities,” Ryan says when asked about a potential 2016 presidential bid.

“There’s so much work to be done,” he explains. “I want to help Republicans get out there and make the argument.”

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