Ryan strikes collaborative tone in opening talks

CREATED Oct 31, 2013

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Republican Congressman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin is suggesting a collaborative approach as he starts formal talks with Democrats to reach a budget agreement by mid-December.
   
The 2012 Republican vice presidential nominee says the bipartisan group of congressional negotiators has a chance to take the first steps toward fixing problems like debt and the long-term future of entitlement programs.
   
Ryan's work on the panel could offer clues about his political future, whether he's looking to climb the House leadership ranks or pursue a 2016 presidential campaign. The congressman is helping preside over the panel at a time of deep rifts within the Republican Party between tea party conservatives and more business-friendly, establishment Republicans.