Young gun Republicans fire first shots in 2020 White House race

Speaker of the US House of Representatives, Paul Ryan, (R-WI), on stage before his speech to delegates on the second day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland on July 19, 2016The 2016 US presidential election is more than 100 days away, but at the Republican convention in Cleveland the battle for the party’s 2020 White House nomination is already raging. The received political wisdom goes something like this: Donald Trump’s White House bid is doomed to fail and from the ashes a new generation of Republican leaders will emerge. Each man addressed the Republican delegates this week, showing their faces where an older generation of likeminded Republicans pointedly stayed away.

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