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Paul Ryan Tells Florida Audience Trump Could Be Defeated in 2020

It’s one of the first times the former speaker has publicly remarked on the president, or politics in generally, since leaving office in January.

By NTK Staff | 03.12.2019 @12:00pm
Paul Ryan Tells Florida Audience Trump Could Be Defeated in 2020

During a lecture in Vero Beach, Florida on Monday, former House Speaker Paul Ryan said he believed some of the Democratic presidential candidates could defeat President Trump in 2020 if the president relies too heavily on his “personality” rather than policy proposals.

It’s not necessarily a surprising remark coming from a former policy wonk like Ryan, but publicly airing doubts about this president is sure to invoke Trump’s ire sooner or later.

Ryan focused heavily on policy in his speech, Treasure Coast Newspapers reported, and urged the president to do the same during his reelection campaign. He told the audience that he believes there are some Democrats who could unseat Trump in 2020, and pushed him to define himself through his policy platform.

“The person who defines that race is going to win the race. If this is about Donald Trump and his personality, he isn’t going to win it,” Ryan said.

Ryan did not state which Democrats he believed could defeat Trump in 2020, however.

The Wisconsin native also reportedly took shots at the conservative Freedom Caucus for derailing Congress’s attempts to repeal and replace Obamacare.

The former speaker cited Republicans’ drawn out repeal and replace efforts in 2017 as one of the biggest mistakes of his tenure, arguing that the negotiation process for a replacement for the Affordable Care Act took too long and that delays led by the Freedom Caucus “eroded public support for it” so that by the time it arrived in the Senate, where it was defeated, “it was hanging on a thread.”

Ryan also said he hoped Congress would address immigration issues and increase funding for the border, as well as for visa programs for skilled workers and so-called “dreamers.”

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