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“Go big, go bold:” Speaker Paul Ryan says Trump will lead ‘unified Republican government’

JANESVILLE -- "The most incredible political feat I've seen in my lifetime." That is how Speaker Paul Ryan summed up the Donald Trump victory in the race for president.

Speaker Paul Ryan

Speaker Paul Ryan

Ryan congratulated President-elect Donald Trump Wednesday, November 9th on his victory, saying he will lead "a unified Republican government."

"Donald Trump heard a voice out in this country that no one else heard," Ryan said in remarks delivered in Janesville. "We won more seats than anyone expected, and much of that is thanks to Donald Trump."

Ryan said Trump deserves tremendous credit for Republicans surging to power. He confirmed that he will run for speaker again -- meaning he and Trump now have to get down to the business of governing.

"We all need to re-dedicate ourselves to making America great and making it a more perfect union," Ryan said.

Ryan acknowledged that Trump is now top dog in the Republican Party that will control the House, the Senate and the White House. With Trump appointees, the U.S. Supreme Court will also be conservative leaning.

"The opportunity is to go big, go bold, and get things done for the people of this country.""I think the mistakes we made in the past is we didn't seize the opportunity when it presented itself. The opportunity is now here," Ryan said. "The opportunity is to go big, go bold, and get things done for the people of this country."

Ryan refused to campaign with or defend Trump just last month. The two have often butted heads this year. The speaker said Wednesday he talked with the president-elect twice since Trump's victory Tuesday night.

Speaker Paul Ryan

Speaker Paul Ryan

"For those people who are concerned, this is a time to unify. This is a time to heal, again. Our president elect set the right tone (Tuesday) night with his speech which was to be magnanimous, to be presidential, and to bring people together," Ryan said.

Ryan no doubt realizes that all of his policy goals are in front of him now -- if the Republican Party that fractured over Trump can now unify around him. Those policy goals include a repeal of the national health care law.

On the Senate side

Meanwhile, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who will return as the leader of the Senate after Tuesday's results, began fielding questions about the most pressing items likely to face lawmakers and Trump as they take control of the government in January.

WASHINGTON, D.C. - NOVEMBER 09: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) speaks during a press conference discussing the election of Donald Trump as U.S. President at the Capitol Building on November 9, 2016 in Washington, D.C. McConnell spoke about President Barack Obama's signature Pacific-rim trade deal and the election of Donald Trump as U.S. President. (Photo by Zach Gibson/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, D.C. - NOVEMBER 09: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) speaks during a press conference discussing the election of Donald Trump as U.S. President at the Capitol Building on November 9, 2016 in Washington, D.C. McConnell spoke about President Barack Obama's signature Pacific-rim trade deal and the election of Donald Trump as U.S. President. (Photo by Zach Gibson/Getty Images)

McConnell, who led a blockade against President Barack Obama's selection of Merrick Garland for the Supreme Court, would not say Wednesday how he would react if Senate Democrats used the same strategy against Donald Trump's pick for the high court.

"The new president will fill the vacancy. I expect it to be handled in the way these court appointments are handled and I would not anticipate any particular strategy the Democrats might employ," McConnell said.

McConnell, like Ryan, had a frosty relationship with Trump throughout the election. He would not say Wednesday how he would vote on Trump's signature border wall if legislation was sent to the Senate.

"I want to try to achieve border security in whatever way is most effective," McConnell said.

"I want to try to achieve border security in whatever way is most effective."McConnell and Ryan also said repealing Obamacare was in their sights, and would be a top priority for the new Republican-led government.

But McConnell also cautioned that the Democrats' push for health care and other priorities when they were in a similar situation eight years ago, is what led to them overreaching and, ultimately, a voter backlash beginning in 2010.

"I think overreaching after an election, generally speaking, is a mistake," McConnell said.

Donald Trump will become the next president of the United States in a stunning victory, CNN projects.

Donald Trump will become the next president of the United States in a stunning victory, CNN projects.

1 Comment

  • Al P

    Ryan has to be brain dead to think Trump will work with him after what he did to Trump including UNINVITING him to the Janesville rally. Ryan has no respect and should resign sooner than later!!

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