Congressman Paul Ryan has been spending time in Iowa lately which has fueled further speculation he may step out of the Vice Presidential limelight and run for the top spot himself. However, Ryan believes the path to victory for Republicans must include passing some form of “immigration reform” in coming months.


Report from the Des Moines Register:

Former vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan thinks Republicans need to take their limited-government message to voters who are “unfamiliar with hearing us.”

“Go into inner cities, go into minority communities,” Ryan, who speaks in Iowa tonight, told The Des Moines Register in a telephone interview on Monday. “Go into communities that have not seen or heard from Republicans in a long time.”

Ryan, a congressman from Wisconsin, was responding to a question about whether lessons can be learned from Republican wins in blue states, like Gov. Chris Christie’s victory in the governor’s race in Democratic-leaning New Jersey on Nov. 5.

“Absolutely,” Ryan answered. “It shows that we have to go and campaign in non-traditional areas, non-traditional neighborhoods, and by showing up not just a few months before the election, but by being in these communities all year round, that will make a difference.

“What Chris’s victory shows is that conservatives can win blue states if we focus on being inclusive and campaigning in every facet of this country, we can open up the electoral map, far more than where it has been.”

While Obamacare has stolen the news cycle in recent weeks, a group of Republicans in the House, including Ryan, have been quietly pushing for the return of an immigration reform bill. This action continues to face stiff opposition among opponents who view it as either outright amnesty or, at minimal, a form of soft amnesty by curtailing enforcement measures.

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