Paul Ryan: GOP in ‘fight for the soul of our party’

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House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) warned Monday that Republicans were engaged in a “fight for the soul of our party” when it comes to championing free-market principles and combating the influence of special interests, heralding his policy agenda as a bulwark against “forms of progressivism” seeping into the GOP. Speaking before a group of 400 wealthy conservatives participating in one of the Koch network’s twice-a-year seminars, the House speaker did not mention GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump by name. But Ryan touted the importance of free trade, an issue Trump has railed against, and said it was essential that party leaders make a better case for the free market. Trump argues that free trade agreements have hurt American workers, and that better deals are needed.

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