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Tuesday, August 9, 2016

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Ryan 'humbled' by win, says latest Trump comments sound like 'joke gone bad'

JANESVILLE -- House Speaker Paul Ryan said during a news conference in his hometown tonight he was "humbled" by his primary victory and pledged to work hard to elect fellow Republicans this fall.

He also told reporters he had not had a chance to hear a comment today from GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump that “the Second Amendment people” may be the only ones who can stop Hillary Clinton from appointing judges if she wins this fall. Some argued Trump was suggesting violence against his Dem opponent, a charge the GOP nominee pushed back on in follow-up comments.
"It sounds like just a joke gone bad," Ryan said, adding he hopes Trump clears it up quickly.

"You should never joke about something like that."

In sizing up his rout of Paul Nehlen, Ryan said the people of his district share his "desire for leadership that is inclusive, not divisive" and looks for "hope and not fear."

Ryan said many are upset and frustrated with Washington, D.C., and that in uncertain times it is easy to resort to division and prey on people's fears. While he said such an approach may sell in the short term, it doesn't last and, in the end, doesn't work.

Ryan contrasted that approach with the House GOP's "Better Way" agenda and predicted it would help the GOP in the fall.

"We will take this agenda before voters this fall, and I am sure they will reward our efforts," Ryan said.

Ryan also congratulated Mike Gallagher on his GOP primary win in the 8th CD, praising his service in the Marines and his national security credentials. Before Ryan spoke, his campaign sent a news release endorsing Gallagher.

Ryan declined to comment on statements directed at him from Nehlen during the primary.

"When you get to the end zone you act like you've been there before," Ryan said, adding that he had expected to do well in the primary.

"Desperate candidates do desperate things for attention," Ryan said. "I think that's what you saw here."

-- By David Wise


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