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Paul Ryan: Trump will be an ‘asset’ in midterms

Paul Ryan: Trump will be an ‘asset’ in midterms

Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanGOP leaders hesitant to challenge Trump on Saudi Arabia Republicans should prepare for Nancy Pelosi to wield the gavel Ryan signals support for sanctions if Saudis killed Khashoggi MORE (R-Wis.) called President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump renews attacks against Tester over VA nominee on eve of Montana rally Trump submits 2017 federal income tax returns Corker: Trump administration 'clamped down' on Saudi intel, canceled briefing MORE an asset in the upcoming 2018 midterm elections, saying he has resonated with voters in key states. 

"The president is strong in these states," Ryan said on Saturday at the Wisconsin Republican convention, according to The Associated Press. 

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"He's an asset...Whether I'm running around southern Wisconsin or America, nobody is talking about Stormy Daniels. Nobody is talking about Russia. They're talking about their lives and their problems. They're talking about their communities, they're talking about jobs, they're talking about the economy, they're talking about national security," he continued. 

However, Ryan reportedly cautioned Republicans about a potential Democratic "blue wave" in November. 

"The 'blue wave," as they say it, they want to take it all away," he said, the AP reported. 

Republicans are gearing up to defend their majorities in the House and Senate in November. 

The GOP has touted an improved economy and the new tax plan ahead of the November races. 

A CNN poll out earlier this month showed that 57 percent of those surveyed believe the country is doing well, an uptick from 49 percent in February. At the same time, a CBS poll also out this month showed that 66 percent of those polled believe the economy is good. 

Trump has expressed an eagerness to campaign for Republicans ahead of the elections, which are widely expected to be a referendum on his first two years in office. 

The president last week touted Republican wins in primary elections across the country and predicted victory for the GOP in November.