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Paul Ryan Seeks to Re-Frame Election as Left Versus Right

Ryan said he'd focus all of his energies on electing Republicans down-ballot



    In this May 12, 2016, file photo, House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis. speaks with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, following his meeting with Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.

    House Speaker Paul Ryan tried again Friday to recast the presidential election as an ideological choice between a Republican-led congress that will fight for limited government and Hillary Clinton's "liberal progressive" agenda.  

    "Beneath all the ugliness lies a long-running debate between two governing philosophies: one that is in keeping with our nation's founding principles — like freedom and equality — and another that seeks to replace them," Ryan said in Madison, Wisconsin.

    Ryan said Republicans would seek to bring every federal regulation to congress for review and to simplify the tax code.

    He also called to repeal President Obama's signature health care law, which he said was part of Democrats' "liberal progressivism."   

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    Speaking at a rally in Ohio on Oct. 20, 2016, Donald Trump said that he would accept the presidential election results if they were in his favor. "I would like to promise and pledge to all of my voters and supporters and to all the people of the United Staes that I will totally accept the results of this great and historic presidential election -- if I win,” Donald Trump said, emphasizing the last three words by pointing into the crowd. The rally was held the day following the final debate, during which the issue of whether he would accept the election results came up. At the debate, he said he would have to wait and see what the results were. (Published Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016)

    “Liberal progressivism is not government for the people, it’s by them, the elites," he said. 

    The speech was yet another attempt by Ryan to refocus an election that's gone wildly off the rails as Trump this week lashed out at both Democrats and Republicans — even Ryan himself — for what he says is a conspiracy against him.

    Ryan did not mention the Republican nominee in his remarks.