Undecided on his future, Paul Ryan refines his message

In the first weekly edition of Costa Reports, Robert Costa explores why this may be Paul Ryan's moment, and the internal conflict he's facing about his political future. (Jeff Simon/The Washington Post)

Congress may be on recess for the next two weeks, but that doesn’t mean legislators’ political maneuvering has ceased. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), the budget committee chairman and 2012 Republican vice presidential nominee, spoke in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on Friday, headlining a fundraising dinner.

Keep an eye on Ryan, who is undecided on his political future, as he recasts his political persona, moving away from being the budget-cutting wonk of 2012 and embracing the model of his late mentor, Jack Kemp, who was once the GOP’s leading voice on poverty. The fiscal warrior of years past isn’t necessarily gone, but it’s not all Ryan wants to be. 

Robert Costa is a national political reporter at The Washington Post.

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