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Speaker Ryan speaks to Waukesha County crowd at Lincoln Reagan Dinner

WAUKESHA, Wis. (CBS 58) --- House Speaker Paul Ryan addressed a crowd of republicans in Waukesha County with confidence Saturday night.

Ryan spoke to crowds at the Waukesha County Lincoln Day Dinner Saturday in Pewaukee. He began his speech by addressing the Parkland, Florida school shooting.

“I think we're all still praying and our hearts are kind of sunk because of that awful  horrible shooting in Parkland,” Ryan said.

Ryan spoke briefly about what can be done in Washington in response to the shooting. He said the shooter slipped through the cracks.

“We have to make sure the people that are mentally unstable don't have the ability to go do this,” Ryan said.

Ryan didn't directly address the national conversation on gun control.

“It's important we get to the bottom of this and we fix this, while preserving citizen's rights,” Ryan said.

Ryan spoke confidently about the Republican Party’s agenda and upcoming midterm elections Saturday night.

“We're proud of the fact that we have a president and a congress that's working with him to get this country on the right track and because of that, because of the results and who we are, we're going to win,” Ryan said.

Even though Ryan is facing what political experts say will be toughest re-election this Fall, he made no mention about his future plans. However, a month ago on CBS’s Face the Nation Ryan said he hasn't made a decision.

“I have no plans of going anywhere any time soon. But that's something that my wife and I always decide in late spring of the election year,” Ryan said on January 21, 2018.

Wisconsin congressional hopeful Randy Bryce received support from Senator Bernie Sanders Saturday morning in Racine. Bryce and his supporters hope to keep the energy going until the November election.

"Now is not the time to be filled with despair. Now is the time to stand up and fight back and not let them continue to win," said Sanders.


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