Ryan: Democrats, Republicans Much Further Apart Than Before


Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin said the GOP is further apart from the Democratic Party than ever before.

Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has been accused by progressives of not being progressive enough, leading many supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont to consider the Green Party when it comes time to vote in November. But Ryan told Politico that Clinton is indeed a progressive, and that could cause rifts with the Republican Party if she becomes the next president because the GOP has become more conservative.

Ryan said:

I think she is actually a liberal progressive — I don’t think she’s faking it. I think she is a liberal progressive. And I think she’s sitting atop a party that’s now run by Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren. This is not the Erskine Bowles 1996 Democratic Party. This is not Alice Rivlin, Erskine Bowles, or Bill Clinton in 1996. This is a Hillary Clinton, Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders party. Our party has moved right, their party has moved really left. I think the common ground, say that you had in the early 90's when I was here as a staffer is nothing like the common ground you have right now.

Gun control could be a very divisive issue for the two parties. Democrats and Republicans were at a stand-off in June after an attempt by Democrats to restrict people on no-fly lists from exercising their Second Amendment rights, despite having not been charged or convicted of a crime. Republicans were vehemently against the ban and voted down the measure, according to CNN.

“So, this has gotten so bad and divisive – meaning the country – the last thing I want to do is amp things up and create more polarization,” Ryan said. “So I just think we need to settle it down, and think things through. We’re working on our legislation – we want to make sure we get it right. I don’t want to just add fuel to populism fires and then have more venues for divisiveness.”

Sources: Politico, CNN / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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