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Candidates for Paul Ryan's seat release statements after retirement announcement

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- Following the news that House Speaker Paul Ryan will retire, democratic candidates Randy Bryce and Cathy Myers released statements.

On Facebook, Cathy Myers said:

"Paul Ryan is running away from his responsibility for the harm his policies have caused to the lives of our neighbors and working families nationwide. I've never run away from a fight and I'm prepared to beat any Republican on the ballot in November."

Randy Bryce's campaign released this statement to CBS 58:

"Paul Ryan decided to quit today rather than face Randy Bryce and the voters. With nearly $5 million raised to date, a strong field program aided by organized labor, a broad coalition of support locally and nationally, Randy Bryce is incredibly well positioned to be the next Representative for the First District. Electorates far more conservative than Wisconsin's First have already elected Democrats in special elections in Wisconsin and across the country."

Republican candidates Paul Nehlen and Nick Polce have also released statements. 

Paul Nehlen of Delavan said on his Facebook page:

"As I have said many times before, I was a supporter of Paul Ryan's when I moved to Wisconsin in 2008, and remained so through the 2014 elections. It was in 2015, when I discovered Mr. Ryan was whipping votes for the horrible, job killing Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal, that we parted ways and I threw my hat into the ring. That said, I wish Mr. Ryan health and prosperity in his retirement, and plenty of time with his family here in Wisconsin.

For all the things Paul Ryan accomplished, I think we can all agree that securing the border was not one of his priorities. Indeed, after twenty years in Congress, the border is still not secure. We need a well-defended double fence, or a wall, every step of the way from the Gulf of Mexico to the Pacific Ocean; otherwise, you cannot effectively deport anyone from this country. Just ask the Golvach or the Steinle families. They lost their children, Spencer and Kate, to 4x and 5x previously-deported criminal illegal aliens.

Moreover, beyond fighting for good bilateral trade deals to ensure American workers’ prosperity, and for the security of our great Nation and its citizens, I have introduced a revolutionary proposal to effectively extend Americans’ First Amendment free speech protections to major social media platforms. The proposal is called #ShallNotCensor, and it will put a stop to all of the Orwellian censorship that is being used to increasingly silence Republicans and unfairly influence elections in favor of Democrats. I remain the only candidate who has put forward a straightforward, light-touch federal statute that will guarantee the protection of lawful speech in what the U.S. Supreme Court has recognized as the new de facto public square. The importance of this issue cannot be overstated, as internet censorship by the left is an existential threat to the Republican Party.

Lastly, Wisconsin's first congressional district deserves a Congressman who will listen to them. I have held twenty public town halls since last July, and will continue to do so regularly through the election. I look forward to having the opportunity over the coming months to convince the voters of WI-01 that I am the superior choice to bring positive change to Washington."

Republican candidate for US Congress in WI01 Nick Polce said:

“Our campaign wants to thank Mr. Ryan for his 20 years as an elected official,” says Nick Polce. “We announced our campaign in November 2017 to challenge Mr. Ryan in the Republican primary because we had a conflict of vision as to the role of an elected official and substantial policy differences. We have spent months campaigning in the district meeting with voters in order to earn their vote. We look forward to continuing the campaign and are focused on winning the primary in August.”

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