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Scenes from Trump's party takeover: 'Reagan was my all-time favorite— until now'

Katie Glueck, McClatchy Washington Bureau on

Published in Political News

For others, the answer to the question of how to confront a tough midterms cycle came right back to Trump.

"You never want to underestimate the president," said Vermont Republican National Committeeman Jay Shepard. "I don't think you ever want to bet against him. People have done that far too often. The American people are behind him."

On Wednesday evening, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich stood at the front of a ballroom that was bathed in soft blue uplighting. As RNC members sipped wine and nibbled puff pastry and canapes, he dismissed the idea that a wave is coming to overturn Trump's Washington, despite the problems that often face the White House's party in the midterms.

"My first thought is to say, 'How do you think President Clinton is doing?'" he said. "The truth is, we're led by somebody who breaks records. We ought to join him this fall."

But as he signed off, the president he quoted was not Trump -- but Reagan.

"Next year if we have won control of the House once again, we've picked up six or eight Senate seats, as Ronald Reagan used to say, 'you ain't seen nothing yet,'" Gingrich said.

 

The crowd cheered.

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