After much introspection and critical deliberation of values and political considerations, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) offered his backing to New York businessman Donald Trump’s bid for the White House.
The GOP’s ranking member did not use the word “endorse” in his announcement.
Mr. Ryan’s gesture indicating he intends to vote for Trump ends weeks of hesitation which, of late, has been distinguished by numerous cues signaling the Wisconsin Republican would eventually offer his support.
Ryan lent support to Trump in a column published in his hometown newspaper, Janesville’s GazetteXtra.
Pointing out that himself and Trump have “more common ground than disagreement,“ the House Speaker outlined his approval with a mix of policy proposals he intends to advance, support for the real estate mogul and criticism for Trump’s likely opponent, Hillary Clinton.
“To enact these ideas, we need a Republican president willing to sign them into law. That’s why, when he sealed the nomination, I could not offer my support for Donald Trump before discussing policies and basic principles.”
“Donald Trump and I have talked at great length about things such as the proper role of the executive and fundamental principles such as the protection of life. The list of potential Supreme Court nominees he released after our first meeting was very encouraging.”
“Through these conversations, I feel confident he would help us turn the ideas in this agenda into laws to help improve people’s lives. That’s why I’ll be voting for him this fall.”
“It’s no secret that he and I have our differences. I won’t pretend otherwise. And when I feel the need to, I’ll continue to speak my mind.”
“For me, it’s a question of how to move ahead on the ideas that I—and my House colleagues—have invested so much in through the years. It’s not just a choice of two people, but of two visions for America. And House Republicans are helping shape that Republican vision by offering a bold policy agenda, by offering a better way ahead.”
Receiving the news with enthusiasm, Trump tweeted the following:
So great to have the endorsement and support of Paul Ryan. We will both be working very hard to Make America Great Again!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 2, 2016
Although Mr. Ryan is among the final GOP members of of Congress to offer support for Mr. Trump, several establishment Republicans had withheld backing or announced they will not support the Trump candidacy.
2012 GOP nominee Mitt Romney has refused; conservative activist and Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol concluded his search this week for a third-party alternative; and former presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush have announced they will not endorse Trump.
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