Paul Ryan: The right Democrat could beat Trump in 2020

Paul Ryan: The right Democrat could beat Trump in 2020
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[Ed. – Almost sounds as though it’s a positive.]

The right Democrat stands a good chance of denying President Trump a second term, Paul D. Ryan said Monday.

In a speech delivered in Vero Beach, Florida, the former House speaker said Mr. Trump needs to run his re-election campaign based on his policies, rather than focusing on his personal brand.

Mr. Ryan, who was the GOP’s 2012 vice presidential nominee, said the same advice applies for the Democratic challengers in the field.

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“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,” the Wisconsin Republican said.

In one of his first public appearances since retiring from Congress this year, Mr. Ryan used the occasion to talk about his time in Congress.

One of the House’s biggest blunders was taking so long to move a replacement for the Affordable Care Act, Mr. Ryan said, blaming a lengthy delay in the first year of Mr. Trump’s term on Republicans. He said missteps by the conservative Freedom Caucus doomed an Obamacare replacement bill to failure.

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