Ryan is the chairman of the Budget Committee and author of the House-approved blueprint to privatize Medicare and cut taxes for high income earners, which all but four Republicans voted for. Though highly controversial, the measure has largely been embraced by the GOP as it pledges to drastically revamp the budget and shrink the size of government.
It’s unclear whether Ryan could have won, but at a mere 41 years of age, he’s emerged as a leading figure in the party.
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