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"Makers and Takers" claim repudiated in Paul Ryan's new book out Tuesday

JANESVILLE, WI (WTAQ) - Paul Ryan's new book is being released Tuesday.

In it, the former vice presidential candidate from Janesville said the GOP is doomed to future election defeats, unless it can expand its base beyond older white voters.

Ryan's book is called "The Way Forward, Renewing the American Idea."

The House Budget chairman is speculated to be a 2016 White House hopeful -- and a book is normally what candidates put out a couple years in advance. Governor Scott Walker did the same thing earlier this year.

In calling for more inclusion, Ryan is following the lead of Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus from Kenosha -- who commissioned a study which reached the same conclusions.

Ryan's book cites his own previous rhetoric as part of the problem. He repudiated his previous claim that America is made up of "makers and takers" -- the takers being those who get more from the government than they put in.

Ryan said a constituent called him on it at the Rock County Fair, asking if a taker is the person who lost a job and is on unemployment -- or a veteran who served in Iraq and now gets his care through the VA.

Ryan's book also discloses that his father had an alcohol problem before he died.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)