MADISON, Wis. (AP) — House Speaker Paul Ryan says he finds invite-only town halls to be more productive than “a screaming fest” where people from outside his district try to “get on TV because they’re yelling at somebody.”

Ryan said Friday that he’s finding “new and creative ways to interact with my constituents in a civil way.” He says those include telephone town halls and face-to-face meetings at his congressional office in Janesville.

He took questions from reporters after two events in his Wisconsin congressional district on Thursday where only employees of the businesses could pose questions.

Ryan says that he finds when reporters are at town halls “people kind of clam up. They get a little nervous.”

He says when he does business town halls without the media present “it’s very interactive.”

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  1. Angel Perea says:

    THE INCONVENIENT TRUTH: Paul Ryan and Republicans are running out of dirty lies! ” House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., gave the game away in a videotaped discussion with National Review’s Rich Lowry in March. There he confessed, “So Medicaid, sending it back to the states, capping its growth rate, we’ve been dreaming of this since I’ve been around — since you and I were drinking at a keg…. I’ve been thinking about this stuff for a long time.” Ryan is 47 now, so he would have been dreaming about cutting Medicaid in the early 1990s while “drinking at a keg,” perhaps at frat parties at his alma mater, Miami University of Ohio. The ACA was enacted in 2010.”

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