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Ryan tells GOP to quit pandering to base and appeal to all Americans


WASHINGTON D.C. (WTAQ) - Janesville’s Paul Ryan says Republicans must stop pandering to their political base, appeal to all Americans, and help the poor get out of poverty.

Ryan, a potential White House hopeful for 2016, discussed his vision Tuesday night at a dinner in Washington honoring the late Jack Kemp. Ryan used to work for Kemp, and both can lay claim to being unsuccessful vice presidential nominees.

Ryan, the House Budget chairman, said his GOP cannot write off large swaths of people – a nudge against Mitt Romney’s remark that the party should forget about the 47 percent of Americans who don’t pay income taxes.

Ryan said the Republicans must, “speak to the aspirations and the anxieties of every American.”

Marco Rubio, another potential 2016 presidential candidate, said his party risked being irrelevant if it only appeals to wealthy voters. He mentioned his father, a bartender whom he said was motherless with a limited education.

Rubio said people like that are not looking for handouts – but they do want jobs that will provide for their families. And he said those people represent, “the promise of tomorrow.”

Ryan said he was proud of the campaign he and Romney ran – and he said losing, “can often prepare the way for the greatest victories.”