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tv   House Speaker Paul Ryan Holds Post- Election News Conference  CSPAN  November 9, 2016 8:54pm-9:07pm EST

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house speaker paul ryan, who spoke following donald trump's election yesterday. we will get a house speaker's comments in wisconsin earlier today in a moment or two. sanders out with this statement this evening about the donald trump victory. into theump tapped anger of a declining middle class that is sick and tired of establishment politics and media. people are tired of working longer hours for lower wages, of seeing decent paying jobs go to china. of billionaires not paying federal income taxes and not being able to afford college education for their kids while the very rich become much richer. to the extent mr. trump is serious about pursuing policies that enrich the lives of families in this country, i am prepared to work with him.
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to the extent he pursues racist policies, we will vigorously oppose him. some anti-trump protests are underway in several cities across the country. we have a couple tweets to show you, the first with video. this protest in new york city. new york city protests against donald trump's presidency. they have not stopped coming. from wgn in chicago. anti-trump protest continues in downtown chicago. a picture of that protest. we understand protests in portland, oregon and several other cities across the country. in about an hour at 10:00 eastern, it is charlie cook and the cook political report.
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he will have analysis of yesterday's election, donald president of the united states. this little tidbit from the cook political report. 76% of counties with a cracker barrel and 22% of whnties with able foods -- a ole foods. in 1992, the gap was 19%. that gaperman tracking in voting. as promised, from janesville, wisconsin earlier today, remarks from house ryan -- speaker paul ryan. he also to questions from reporters. >> good morning, everybody. last night and again this
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morning, i spoke with president-elect donald trump and congratulated him on his victory. we talked about the importance of bringing this country together. let me say this is the most incredible political feat i have seen in my lifetime. as some of you heard me say, seven out of 10 americans do not like the direction our country is going. many of our fellow citizens have lost faith in our core institutions. and theyot feel heard, do not feel represented by those in office. a voice nop heard one else heard. he connected in ways with people no one else did. he turned politics on its head. now, donald trump will lead a unified republican government.
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we will work hand in hand on big challenges. i want to congratulate mike pence. mike pence is a good man, principled leader, and will make a great vice president. you need to know how proud we are of wisconsin, of reince priebus. what he has done to rebuild our party is markable. i want to congratulate mitch mcconnell and our colleagues in the senate. i want to congratulate ron johnson. ron, scott walker and i spent four days on a bus crisscrossing the state. it was close quarters at times. campaigningf the our candidates ran. i want to congratulate the rnc. what a phenomenal job.
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majority is bigger than expected. we won more seats than anyone expected. much of that is thanks to donald trump. donald trump provided the coattails that got people over so we couldine maintain our house and senate majorities. we have important work to do. many months ago, republicans laid out a bold agenda for the country. it will help us hit the ground running. we will honor the timeless pentacles our country was freedom,n -- liberty, free enterprise. we will apply those principles to the problems of the day. this is the kind of unified government we set out to enlist. there is no doubt our democracy can be very messy. we remain a sharply divided country.
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years, we do every four we have to heal the divisions of a long campaign. i think donald trump set the perfect tone last night for doing this. i know president obama and secretary clinton are committed to bringing the country together. this needs to be a time of redemption, not recrimination. we need to rededicate ourselves to making america great and making it a more perfect union. with that, let me take your questions. [inaudible] some of your colleagues were critical of you, saying you had not embraced donald trump. speaker ryan: i think our relationship is fine. i have spoken with donald twice in the last 18 hours.
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i spoke with mike pence twice as well. i think we are going to hit the ground running. we are already talking about working together. seven out of 10 americans do not like the direction the country is going. i think what donald trump has pulled off is an enormous political feat. he just turned a mandate. we now have a unified republican government. if you listened to us in the closing days of the campaign, whether it was crisscrossing america or wisconsin, we were making an appeal to unify. we did just that. that is why i am excited about where we are. >> tell me about your conversations with the president elect. speaker ryan: we had great conversations about how we would work together on the transition. we are trying to get our schedules lined up to flesh out how we build our transition, how we go forward.
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say to voters concerned during this campaign? what do you say to people who are concerned? speaker ryan: i will say what i said to wisconsinites before the election -- look at the direction we have been going and where we need to go and what a unified republican government can get you. i am proud of the fact that, for the first time since 1984, wisconsin's 10 electoral votes went to republicans. you saw the market pull -- marquette poll. donald trump helped elect a strong majority in the senate and the house. charles? repealing obamacare -- how quickly, and what does it look like?
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speaker ryan: i think after a tough campaign where people believe, where they were pitching so hard for one side or the other -- this health care law is not a popular law. is cracking under its own weight. to replacing obamacare, this congress has proven we are able to enact legislation. the problem is when obama vetoed it. now we have president trump, who is asking us to do this. with unified republican government, we can fix these problems. it is not just the health care laws. we have shown a willingness to do it. there are so many more things i am excited about. think about the workers who see relief. think about the farmers being harassed by the epa. think about the ranchers in the west getting harassed by the interior department. there is relief coming.
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this is good for our country. this means that we can lift the oppressive weight of the regulatory state, restore the constitution. think about the constitution-respecting judges that will be nominated. this is very exciting. [inaudible] >> a lot of candidates ran saying they would be a check on a republican president. speaker ryan: that is a good question. [inaudible] we did not do the
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right thing at the right time. i think the mistakes we made in the past, we did not seize the opportunity when it presented itself. the opportunity is to go big, bold, and get things done. there are various types of conservatives. andkey is not only to unify but alsoe approaches, to invite everyone else in the country to get us focused on our solutions. what i see here is great potential. what i see here is a unified government. what i see now with a unified government is the opportunity to get back to work for the american people. anald trump pulled off amazing political feat. it showed the country that people do not like the direction we are going. we need to change direction. what i am excited about is we in
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congress, along with our nominee, offered a very specific agenda on which direction to take the country. that is the direction we are going to go. that is why i am excited about working with our president elect, our vice president-elect, to make sure we have the ground running. >> you say you want to unify the country. ofre is a pervasive fear they do not know what to expect. they are worried about civil liberties being violated. what do you say to them? speaker ryan: i do not think you should be worried about civil liberties being violated. look at the judges he would choose from to put on the supreme court. these are people that respect the constitution. for those people who are who did notor those want the republicans to win, we


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