Former House Speaker Paul Ryan says “staying faithful to the conservative principles” that unite all wings of the GOP is essential for the resurgence of the Republican Party.
Ryan, speaking Thursday evening at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, Calif., also warned that conservatives must be careful “not to get caught up in every little cultural battle” at the expense of policy solutions.
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And the Republican from Wisconsin – who gave the kick-off address of the “Time for Choosing” speaking series focusing on the critical questions concerning the future of the GOP – stressed that the party needs to lessen its reliance “on the populist appeal” of former President Trump in order to succeed.
The speaking series launched as the GOP searches for the best path forward after losing the White House and the Senate in the 2020 elections. And it comes as the 2022 midterm election cycle – where the Republicans aim to win back both chambers of Congress – starts to heat up and as Trump vows to remain a kingmaker in party politics as he repeatedly flirts with a 2024 White House run.
Ryan, the GOP’s 2012 vice presidential nominee, noted that “once again, we conservatives find ourselves at a crossroads.”
And Ryan, who had a tense relationship with Trump from the 2016 presidential campaign through his final two years as speaker during the first half of Trump’s administration, argued that “if the conservative cause depends on the populist appeal of one personality, or of second-rate imitations, then we’re not going anywhere.”
“Voters looking for Republican leaders want to see independence and mettle,” Ryan noted. “We win majorities by directing our loyalty and respect to voters, and by staying faithful to the
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