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Ryan addresses 'elephant in the room' at Fall Fest

ELKHORN -- House Speaker Paul Ryan briefly addressed recently released sexually explicit comments by Donald Trump at the GOP's annual Fall Fest today.

Ryan's speech was met mostly with applause, but several in the crowd yelled out comments in support of Trump.

"Look, let me start off by saying, there is a bit of an elephant in the room," Ryan said. "And it is a troubling situation. I'm serious, it is. I put out a statement about this last night. I meant what I said, and it's still how I feel."

But Ryan said the festival is about ideas and state candidates.

"But that is not what we are here to talk about today," he said. "You know what we do here at Fall Fest? We talk about our ideas, we talk about our solutions, we talk about our conservative principles and we promote our candidates right here in Wisconsin that are fighting for us."

Other speakers at the event avoided mentioning Trump, save for AG Brad Schimel, who condemned the comments and warned about the consequences of the Supreme Court nominees Clinton could appoint.

Ryan took a few shots at President Obama during his speech and touted the House GOP's "Better Way" agenda, saying Republicans and conservatives are showing they have solutions.

Ryan said Wisconsin has a responsibility to ensure Russ Feingold is not elected to the Senate ad that U.S. Sen. Ron. Johnson is reelected.

"This is exactly what we will do here in Wisconsin, we will deliver our 10 electoral votes, we will fight for our conservatives and we will offer this country solutions and we will meet the moment for what is is," Ryan said.

- By David Wise





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