Paul Ryan says Trump will win reelection because of 'record of accomplishment'
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Former House Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanAmash storm hits Capitol Hill Debate with Donald Trump? Just say no Ex-Trump adviser says GOP needs a better health-care message for 2020 MORE (R-Wis.) said President TrumpDonald John TrumpNASA exec leading moon mission quits weeks after appointment The Hill's Morning Report — After contentious week, Trump heads for Japan Frustration boils over with Senate's 'legislative graveyard' MORE will win reelection in 2020 because of his ideas and "record of accomplishment," as he sought to clarify remarks he made recently that appeared to leave open the prospect of Trump losing.

"To be clear, GOP wins elections when they’re about ideas not when they’re personality contests like Dems & media want," Ryan tweeted on Wednesday. "We’re clearly better off because of @RealDonaldTrump. His record of accomplishment is why he’ll win re-election especially when compared to Dems’ leftward lurch." 

The tweet comes after he appeared to leave open the possibility of Trump losing in 2020 during a lecture in Florida on Monday.

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During that address, which was reported by Treasure Coast Newspapers, Ryan told attendees that Trump would be unable to win the election based on his personality alone.

“The person who defines that race is going to win the race," Ryan said. "If this is about Donald Trump and his personality, he isn’t going to win it.” 

Donald Trump Jr.Donald (Don) John TrumpTrump Jr. slams Republican committee chairman: 'Too weak to stand up to the Democrats' #TrumpTantrum spreads on Twitter after impromptu press conference Trump family members will join state visit to UK MORE ripped Ryan on Tuesday, calling him "the speaker who lied to us" and criticizing his ability to win elections. 

"Pretty rich," he tweeted. "Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyOn The Money: Senate passes disaster aid bill after deal with Trump | Trump to offer B aid package for farmers | House votes to boost retirement savings | Study says new tariffs to double costs for consumers Senate passes disaster aid bill after deal with Trump Iraq War looms over Trump battle with Iran MORE’s failed 2012 running mate, the speaker who lied to us and didn't deliver Wall funding (and then lost the house) gives advice on winning."

Ryan retired in January, saying last year that he wanted to spend more time with his children.