Paul Ryan lists immigration, debt as biggest regrets

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wis. speaks during his weekly news conference on Capitol Hill, Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018, in Washington. Ryan says whoever wrote an anonymous New York Times opinion column claiming officials in President Donald Trump's administration are preventing Trump from carrying out his worst instincts is "living in dishonesty" and shouldn't work for him. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Outgoing House Speaker Paul Ryan says his two biggest regrets as he prepares to leave office are not successfully dealing with immigration and the national debt.

The Republican lawmaker sat for an interview Thursday with The Washington Post as he prepares to retire after 20 years in Congress.

Ryan says if the national debt and immigration can be addressed, "we will have a great 21st century."

But Ryan says "history is going to be very good to this majority" because of the tax reform bill Republicans passed under his leadership.

Ryan says he also has sympathy for Democratic Rep. Nancy Pelosi, who is vying to succeed him as speaker. Ryan says he was able to become speaker on his terms, but "this is the benefit Nancy does not have."

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