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Ryan: ‘Republicans Lose Personality Contests . . . We Always Do.’

The office of House speaker Paul Ryan just unveiled this video. Does this sound like a man on the verge of endorsing Donald Trump?

I have not seen the kind of bitterness in our discourse, our politics, like we have today, and I gotta say I think it’s both sides — I’d love to say it’s just Democrats, but it’s not, it’s both. And it doesn’t have to be this way. America can do better.

This anxiety has got to be channeled, and dealt with with solutions instead of just amplified and accelerated and exacerbating it. How do you fix that? I think leaders fix this. We haven’t had that kind of leadership lately. Leaders need to say, “Here’s my principle, here’s my solution and let’s try and do it in a way that is inclusive, that’s optimistic, that aspirational and that’s focusing on solutions.” And so that’s the choice you’ll have, far more than personality. Republicans lose personality contests anyway. We always do. But we win ideas contests. We owe you that choice.

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