Ryan: Both Candidates Ran As Conservatives in Pennsylvania; You Won't See That Again

By Susan Jones | March 14, 2018 | 10:50am EDT
House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) (Photo: Speaker.gov)

(CNSNews.com) - With the congressional race in western Pennsylvania still too close to call, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) nevertheless predicted the outcome on Wednesday:

"I think the candidate that's going to win this race is the candidate that ran as a pro-life, pro-gun, anti-Nancy Pelosi conservative," Ryan told a news conference. "That's the candidate that's going to win this race."

Both Conor Lamb, the Democrat, and Rick Saccone, the Republican, ran as conservatives to fill the seat vacated by a Republican who quit amid a scandal.

"This is something that you're not going to see repeated," Ryan said, "because they didn't have a primary." Ryan noted that Democrats, in this special election, were able to pick a candidate who could run as a conservative.

"You will have primaries in all these other races, and the primaries bring them to the left. So I just don't think that this is something that you'll see a repeat of."

Ryan's advice to Republicans, meanwhile, is to focus on Republican accomplishments, including the Tax Cut and Jobs Act and rebuilding the military. Republicans should also campaign on promises to address the opioid epidemic and infrastructure.

"So there is a lot that we've done there's a lot that we're going to do, and there's a great record to run on," he said.

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