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Ryan doesn't mention Trump in Madison but warns of Clinton presidency

House Speaker Paul Ryan today didn’t mention Donald Trump once during his appearance in Madison, though he warned of Hillary Clinton being “given control of Washington.” 

Ryan, speaking at the Madison Masonic Center Foundation, told a group of College Republicans the election has taken a “very dark” turn at times. But their focus should be on the choice they face -- a philosophy that encourages freedom and equality or the left keeping “people down instead of helping them break free.” 

“Liberal progressivism is not government for the people,” he said. “It is government for the elites.” 

The speech comes following a tense week between the speaker and the GOP presidential nominee. Ryan has spent much of the summer and early fall arguing that he supported Trump for president because a Republican president would make it more likely that the House GOP agenda would be enacted.

But he disinvited Trump from a rally in Walworth County last weekend and told fellow House Republicans on a call earlier this week that he will not defend the Republican nominee or campaign with him over the next month following the release of a 2005 videotape of Trump making vulgar comments about women.

Ryan, R-Janesville, didn’t take questions from the media today, but answered prepared questions from the students. They largely focused on his “Better Way” agenda and how they can convince fellow millennials to back the Republican Party. None asked a question about Trump.

The right path, Ryan said, is talking about policy ideas instead of turning elections into a “bizarre personality contest.” 

“That’s what we did here in Wisconsin,” Ryan said. “That’s what Scott Walker and that’s what the state Legislature did.” 

-- By Polo Rocha


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