Paul Ryan to Hold First Public Town Hall in Nearly Two Years

House Speaker Paul Ryan speaks at a National Association of Manufacturers event in Washington on June 20, 2017.

Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

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Madison, Wis. (AP) -- House Speaker Paul Ryan is planning to hold a town hall meeting Aug. 21, his first open to the general public in his congressional district in nearly two years.

The town hall in Racine is being organized by CNN and will be hosted by Jake Tapper. Only residents of Ryan's southeast Wisconsin district can request a ticket from CNN and the network will determine who asks questions.

CNN will broadcast the town hall live.

Republican and Democratic opponents have criticized Ryan for not holding a public town hall since October 2015. Ryan has defended himself by saying he doesn't want opponents from outside his district bussed in to disrupt any such meeting.

Ryan has instead opted to hold invite-only town halls at businesses in his district and over the telephone.

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