House Speaker Paul Ryan says his opponent in Tuesday’s Wisconsin primary is backed by out-of-state interests peddling a “nasty virulent strain of something” that’s not conservatism.
Ryan predicts voters will reject Paul Nehlen, a businessman and political newcomer who’s benefited in recent days from Donald Trump’s praise and refusal to endorse Ryan.
In an interview Friday on WISN radio in Wisconsin, Ryan also reiterated that the endorsement he cares about is from his own voters. Ryan said: “I’m just going to rise above this stuff and I’m not going to get involved in some sort of petty back and forth.”
He says he will continue to speak out to condemn Trump’s comments when necessary. Ryan says he wishes it weren’t necessary but “that’s just the way the cookie crumbles.”
House Speaker Paul Ryan says Donald Trump could cross a line that would prevent the speaker from backing him, but “Where that line is, I don’t know.”
Ryan reiterated his stance Friday that “With any endorsement of anybody, there’s never a blank check.”
Ryan was asked by host Charlie Sykes on WTMJ whether there’s anything that would lead to Ryan “cancelling” that check.
Ryan responded: “Of course, but I’m not going to go down the road re-litigating past comments.”
Trump shocked Republicans this week when he refused to endorse Ryan in Tuesday’s Republican primary in Wisconsin, but Ryan is brushing it off. Ryan himself hesitated for weeks before ultimately endorsing Trump.
Ryan says that “I see no purpose in doing this petty back and forth with Donald Trump.”
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