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Ryan not ready to back Trump, says businessman needs to do more to unify GOP

House Speaker Paul Ryan said today he is not ready to support Donald Trump for president, saying the expected GOP nominee needs to do more to unify the party.

Appearing on CNN, Ryan said he hopes to eventually support Trump and wants to be part of the process to unify the party. But “I’m just not there right now.”

Ryan said the GOP is the party of Abraham Lincoln, Ronald Reagan and Jack Kemp, his mentor. While the party doesn’t need someone who is Lincolnesque or Reaganesque every four years, Republicans do want to see nominees who at least take their conservative principles and apply them to the country’s problems.

“What a lot of Republican want to see is that we have a standard-bearer that bears our standards and that unifies all the wings of the Republican Party,” Ryan said.

Ryan, R-Janesville, said he had expected the GOP contest to go through June 7, when California holds its primary, so the dynamic is still new to him. But Ryan said he wants to support Trump’s candidacy.

“At this point, I think that he needs to do more to unify this party, to bring all wings of the Republican Party together and then to go out and appeal to all Americans, every walk of life, every background,” Ryan said.

-- By JR Ross


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