By JAKE SHERMAN
Rep. Paul Ryan received a standing ovation at a closed House Republican conference meeting Wednesday morning, his first talk to the party since losing the White House.
Ryan (R-Wis.) said the 2012 campaign was a “very positive experience” and his running mate Mitt Romney is a “wonderful man,” according to a source in the room.
He has a new look in the Capitol — a police detail, which is trailing him in the halls.
Republicans are gathering Wednesday for House leadership elections, and beginning internal chatter about the fiscal cliff — massive tax increases, spending cuts and other expiring tax provisions that take effect at the end of the year.
Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) told the closed party meeting that he, like President Barack Obama, was looking for a balanced approach to solve the fiscal cliff. The balance, though, is slightly different.
“Remember, the president talked about a ‘balanced’ approach,” Boehner said, according to a source in the room. “We’ve proposed one: revenues through tax reform, and entitlement reform.”
Also at the meeting, Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) announced Nancy Pelosi’s decision to remain as Democratic minority leader. The Republicans cheered.
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