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Paul Ryan: There's No GOP Civil War, Boehner Just Got Emotional

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He downplayed Speaker John Boehner's fierce criticism of outside conservative groups who bashed the agreement -- the Ohio Republican said last week they've "lost all credibility."

"I think John's emotions got ahead of him a bit," Ryan told 620WTMJ radio's Charles Sykes.

"I credit the tea party with helping get our mojo back," he said, calling the outside groups "absolutely essential" to the conservative agenda.