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Paul Ryan Keeping the Beard — For Now

Ryan is not a fan of the warmth. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)
Ryan is not a fan of the warmth. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Yes, Speaker Paul D. Ryan likes to hunt and is a fan of P90X workouts, but he revealed a few other things about himself Tuesday that are not widely known: 1.        He likes his meats . “I like to make Italian sausage, bratwurst, summer sausage, jerky, steaks and ground venison,” Ryan said at a Politico Playbook breakfast. “That takes about three deer to get in the freezer and I’ve got one so far.” Ryan said he plans to go back out in the woods after Congress adjourns because bow hunting season isn’t over until the end of the year.  

2.       He’s keeping the beard. For now . “I haven’t gotten my bow kill yet,” Ryan said, explaining why he’s still rocking the facial hair. “Normally, I’d have my bow season over with, but I’ve had a little dry spell. I’ve got a little busy.” Ryan added that his wife, Janna, is “fairly tolerant” of the beard.  

3.       He spins. Ryan said he begins his day at 6:30 a.m. exercising in the House gym with “a bunch of members” he declined to name. Apparently these days, his workout regime is pretty expansive. “We do Insanity, P90X, some Crossfit stuff,” Ryan said. “We do yoga — that’s part of P90X actually. We do some cycling as well — spin.” He said basketball and volleyball games were part of his weekend workout routine.  

4.       He’s not a fan of the Zac Brown Band . Trying to guess at the speaker’s music preferences, Playbook host Mike Allen asked Ryan what the Rolling Stones, the Zac Brown Band, AC/DC and Rage Against the Machine have in common. “I can’t relate to the Zac Brown Band, so I don’t know,” Ryan responded. “That’s not in my playlist. … The other ones are.”  

5.       He’s not celebrating the unseasonably warm weather . Ryan took his kids to the Green Bay Packers game Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys and was disappointed by how warm it was. “I like going to December games and sitting in the bowl – that’s what we call the [seating] at Lambeau – in the cold. It’s just fun,” Ryan said. “And it wasn’t cold. It was 50 degrees and raining.” The Packers fan said he was happy to see his team defeat the Cowboys and predicted they will go to the Super Bowl and likely face the New England Patriots.


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