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U.S. Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI) (2nd L) speaks at a news conference about debt relief legislation with Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) (L), Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) (2nd R) and House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) (R) at the U.S.
Oh, right. And that other stuff I did.
Paul Ryan has a good reason why neither his congressional reelection campaign nor Romney/Ryan ticket was able to claim Ryan's hometown in their "win" columns. To wit:
“Well, as you know, Janesville is a very Democratic town, but I’m a Republican,” Ryan explained to interviewer Stan Milam on Janesville-based WCLO radio station. “But I’ve always done well here because more people saw me not as a Republican but just as a Janesville guy. When you join the national ticket for a party, you become more seen as a Republican guy than necessarily a Janesville guy. And so, I think my image, or the thought most people had in their mind of me once I joined the Republican ticket was more ‘Paul Ryan, Republican’ than ‘Paul Ryan, Janesville guy.’”

He added: “I still ran something like nine, ten points ahead of other Republicans in the county or in the city. Nevertheless, I think when you join a Republican ticket, it makes you more of an – people identify more with a party than as yourself, which has not been the case with me for most of my career.”

Sure, whatever. Let's just leave that one right there for the archeologists to dig up.

Originally posted to Daily Kos on Wed Nov 14, 2012 at 05:00 PM PST.

Also republished by Badger State Progressive.

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