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Paul Ryan: Yes, Payroll Tax Fight Hurt GOP


Ryan said he believes that the President's campaign against a do-nothing Congress will run out of steam and that the public will ultimately come to believe that the Democratically-controlled Senate is most responsible for gridlock in Washington. But for the time being, Republicans are bearing the political pain.

"I think we'll get through this moment and the dust will settle and people will see the differences," Ryan said. "But sure, this episode, meaning not just today, but going back for the stuff that happened at the turn of the year muddies the differences."

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