Paul Ryan: Going to Inauguration ‘my obligation’

January 17, 2013

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. -- Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) on Thursday made his most extensive comments to reporters since losing his vice presidential bid, briefing about three dozen reporters on how his party is planning to proceed with the next round of negotiations.

Ryan, appearing relaxed in a checkered shirt and khakis, was accompanied by aides to House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio), two of whom worked with Ryan during the Romney-Ryan campaign.

As he wrapped up his 15-minute discussion with reporters, Ryan confirmed that he will be in attendance Monday for President Obama's second Inauguration.

"Yes," he said in response to a question. "It's my obligation."

Romney is not expected in Washington Monday for the inauguration, meaning it will be the first presidential swearing-in ceremony not attended by the loser of the presidential contest since 1989, when Michael Dukakis skipped the inauguration of George H.W. Bush.

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Ed O’Keefe is covering the 2016 presidential campaign, with a focus on Jeb Bush and other Republican candidates. He's covered presidential and congressional politics since 2008. Off the trail, he's covered Capitol Hill, federal agencies and the federal workforce, and spent a brief time covering the war in Iraq.
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