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In his last speech before the state GOP convention before he leaves office, House Speaker Paul Ryan says he leaves knowing the Republican Party has made a difference and the best days are ahead.

Ryan recounted his first state GOP convention in 1992, when he said Wisconsin was largely a blue state, and then discussed how in 2016 he watch returns come in as President Trump won the state.

“It ended up being a great night, didn’t it?” Ryan said to applause.

Ryan noted that since Trump took office, the “biggest tax reform we have seen in any of our lifetimes” has been signed into law, regulations have been repealed to boost business growth, Obamacare’s individual mandate has been repealed, and the economy is improving.

He said because of tax and regulatory reform, hundreds of billions of dollars are coming back onshore, factories are expanding and people are getting back to work.

“We are seeing America being back in the driver’s seat again,” Ryan said.

He also noted the work Republicans are doing to rebuild the military.

“We are rebuilding our military,” Ryan said. “We are giving the men and women who put their lives and necks on the line for us the honor that they deserve and the resources that the need to keep us safe.

“So now we have Donald Trump sitting down with the North Korean dictator with the most powerful military force the world has ever seen and will ever see”

Ryan warned that Democrats seek to take those successes away.

“The blue wave as they say, they want to take it all away,” Ryan said, adding that House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is campaigning on a promise “to take back all of this.”

“We’re not going to let that happen, are we?”

Speaking with reporters afterward, Ryan acknowledge midterms are tough on the party in power.

“I think people understand that the historic trend is not kind to the majority party,” Ryan said. “What we’re trying to do is make the case to people around the country that this is a majority worth keeping.”

He said a recent CNN poll and other numbers from district have given him more confidence Republicans will hold the majority.

“I think our incumbents are strong,” Ryan said. “The seats that are going to be the one most contested over are our best and brightest members.”

Speaking to the convention, Ryan said he’s proud of the state GOP leaders and the work they’ve done, but the think he’s most proud of is being a husband and father.

“I need to more than just a weekend dad,” Ryan said. “And I’m going to do this, knowing that we have made big difference, knowing that our future is bright, knowing that our philosophy and principles work, and knowing that our best days are yet ahead of us.”

This post is part of our coverage of the 2018 state GOP convention in Milwaukee. See the rest of our coverage here: https://www.wispolitics.com/category/gop-convos/

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