Paul Ryan back to work

JANESVILLE — Janesville Congressman Paul Ryan will be back to work on Capitol Hill Tuesday.   

But he's reflecting back on the four months he spent campaigning as the Republican vice presidential nominee.

"What are the lessons that you learned, now that you've had time to sift through the results?"

"To be honest with you, I haven't turned on a TV other than to watch football and a movie with my kids. I've been just sort of decompressing, getting back into family things the boys are at Y basketball and Cub Scouts, Liza is at volleyball, she just passed her hunter's safety this weekend, so Jana and I have basically just been getting back to family. As I sort of decompress and think about this, No. 1, I'm grateful for the opportunity, it was an honor to serve with Mitt Romney on the ticket, it was a great experience we will cherish. We didn't win the election. It didn't go our way. I congratulate the president. He won the election fair and square."

"But as you reflect on the campaign, why do you think you lost? "

"You know, I think we lost because the president did a better job of getting his voters to the polls. We didn't win.  That's just how it goes sometimes.  Now we've got to make divided government work."

"Safe to say we won't see the kind of gridlock that marked the last two years?"

"No, I mean we've got to fix these problems. It is math. A fiscal crisis is coming. Are we going to be able to fix the fiscal crisis in the way that I wanted to? No, because we didn't win the election. But because we have divided government that means we need to find common ground to do that  -- and how exactly that's going to be, I don't know."

"Are you staying in Congress?"

"Yes."

As for a run at the White House in 2016,  Ryan says he's not thinking that far down the road.

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