Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said Wednesday that the resounding Democratic victory in the race for Virginia governor shows that Republicans in Congress need to pass tax reform so they have something to run on in the 2018 midterm elections.
In an interview on Fox News host Brian Kilmeade’s radio show, Ryan tried to downplay what he described as “spin” from Democrats who are claiming the Tuesday night election wins as a sign of a backlash to President Trump as they seek to retake the House next year.
“Obviously, you know, Democrats are going to do that, and we would be saying the same kind of thing. That’s the way the spin works on these things,” Ryan said.
But he said that the results offer added urgency for Republicans to get tax reform done.
“The way I see it, honestly, is we’ve got to get our job done. That’s why I think tax reform is just so important, not just politically but just for the country,” Ryan said.
“I think what people want to know and see is that this Donald Trumppresidency and this Republican Congress makes a positive difference,” he added.[contentcards url=”http://thehill.com/homenews/house/359403-ryan-virginia-results-show-gop-needs-to-get-tax-reform-done” target=”_blank”]