Paul Ryan calls for party unity at CPAC

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March 7, 2014

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Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) called for GOP unity at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, asking the grassroots crowd to give Republican leaders the “benefit of the doubt.”

Ryan, the 2012 vice presidential nominee, is viewed both as a potential 2016 White House candidate and future House Speaker. But speaking to the Tea Party-dominated crowd, his speech seemed designed more to defend Republican leaders’ decision making and build support within the House conference than grow his appeal with the base.

“I don’t see this great divide in our party. What I see is a vibrant debate. Yes we have our disagreements. Yes they can get a little passionate,” Ryan said. “[But] for the most part, these disagreements have not been over policies or principles — they’ve been over tactics. So I think we should give each other the benefit of the doubt.”

The speech stood in contrast to Sen. Ted Cruz’s (R-Texas) attack just minutes earlier on the Republican establishment, which drew louder applause from the activist crowd.

6 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • geddaklew says:

    A RINO calls for no attacks on Party hacks!

  • Ronald R Worthington says:

    the Repub. Party needs to unite in order to defeat the Dems, but it’s really hard when the Estab. RINOs are waging war on the rest of us. we have to find a way to stop the Estab. BS!?!?

  • David in MA says:

    Rep. Paul Ryan (RINO-Wis.) is a BIG disappointment and the voters of Wis. MUST remember when they vote next time…….Go big game hunting and harvest a RHINO.

  • irategramma says:

    Paul Ryan, fair-haired boy of the republican establishment. Just finished my umpteenth phone call from the RNSC. Boy do they talk a good game. Too bad their actions don’t support what they say. Save your contributions for Tea Party (truly conservative) candidates directly.

  • rivahmitch says:

    Funny how RINOs refuse to actively support conservative candidates but always see the necessity for unity when they’re running.

  • George says:

    No benefit of the doubt if that means that we will be taken down the Progressive path. That is destructive to what America is supposed to be. A lot of good people worked hard to make this country an exceptional place in this turbulent world. It would be a shame to turn this great country into another tyrany from which freedom seeking people flee. No thanks. Keep up the good work Tea Party.

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