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Rep. Dave Brat: No Talk of Replacing Paul Ryan

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Dave Brat, R-Va., the economics professor who toppled former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor. (AP/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

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Virginia Rep. Dave Brat made clear there was no talk of replacing House Speaker Paul Ryan at a recent informal meeting in Washington: "there wasn’t any talk of a challenge to [Paul Ryan] or any talk of a 'deal,'" he told me.

Blaming what he called “misreporting in some news outlets,” Brat said that “all hype surrounding the horse race for leadership has become dominant over the more important agenda that the American people want to see and the fight they want their leaders to make in Washington.”

He specifically pointed to published reports about a private meeting Wednesday of eight Freedom Caucus members at the Washington apartment of Rep. Mark Meadows. Press reports of the meeting ranged from a discussion of a challenge to Ryan or (as Politico reported) “a deal to support Paul Ryan for speaker in return for a low-ranking leadership post.”

“We could never do that,” Brat said. “We would never do anything that compromises our integrity and our promises to the American people.” Though Brat said was not at the meeting, he quickly noted that “I was fully briefed later by some of those in attendance.”

The House Freedom Caucus is not commenting on rumors about a challenge to Speaker Paul Ryan when House Republicans hold their first post-election meeting Nov. 15. Brat, however, did make clear that the conservative agenda of the caucus “has not changed one bit” and that its goal “has always been to do what the American people have always wanted us to do."

Best-known for his defeat of then-House Majority Leader Eric Cantor for renomination in their Richmond, Va.-based district, Brat told me he want to set the record straight “because of recent erroneous reporting on the intentions of the Freedom Caucus after Election Day.”

But Brat also made clear that the 40-odd member caucus of conservatives could easily change course and end up opposing Ryan’s nomination if the speaker fails to make some firm commitments to them on their “top goal issues.”

Lawmakers discussed, in Brat’s words, “what is always discussed at the Freedom Caucus meetings — the issues on which we need to do what is right for the U.S. These include the economy, national security, Obamacare, regulation, illegal immigration and the TPP trade deal. And we always compare and contrast what the leadership does on those issues and where we stand.”

As to whether there will be a move to challenge Ryan Nov. 15, however, Brat said “that depends on whether he pivots toward the American people on these issues. Right now, costs of doing business are going through the roof, thanks to $2 trillion in regulation, including Obamacare, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Food and Drug Administration, the Waters of the U.S. Rule [which defines which water bodies are under the jurisdiction of the EPA or the Army Corps of Engineers].

“And with the additional costs, American business is now being told the TPP will open up markets, perhaps in the coming lame duck session of Congress. So good luck competing with China and Indonesia now, who don’t have this same tremendous cost burden.”

Brat added, “Everyone is waiting until after the election to see what the House GOP leadership does. It doesn’t matter who the leadership is. But it does matter what the leadership says and does.”

John Gizzi is chief political columnist and White House correspondent for Newsmax.

 

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