"I think a lot of people (before the 2012 race) didn't really see me as 'Paul Ryan, Republican.' They saw me as 'my representative.' And when you get thrown on a ticket, they see you as, 'Paul Ryan, Republican,' " the congressman said. "So clearly I got more of a party identity affixed to me than I've had before. And my job, my goal, is to go back to those people who have always supported me in the past because of who I am, not because of the party I belonged to, and tell them, 'Look, I'm the same guy. I haven't changed.' "