Speaking to the Wall Street Journal on the opening day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) placed ideological distance between himself and presidential nominee Donald Trump.
Speaking to reporters over lunch, Ryan said that while he believes the New York businessman is a conservative, Trump’s political ideology does not resemble his particular brand of conservatism.
Speaking of where Trump’s views lie ideologically, Ryan said: “(Trump) is not my kind of conservative.”
“But I come from a different part and wing of the party. I think he is a conservative; there are different kinds of conservatives, that’s for darn sure,” Ryan said while describing Trump’s political convictions.
Mr. Ryan also serves as the GOP convention chairman.
Ryan has alternatively embraced and criticized the real estate mogul over a number of issues since Mr. Trump emerged as the likely nominee.
Ryan did, however, commend Mr. Trump for his selection of Indiana Governor Mike Pence as a running mate. Describing the Hoosier State governor as a “happy warrior” and a “principled conservative,” Ryan expressed approval and told reporters the choice of Pence will serve as a unifier for the ticket.
Ryan is scheduled to address the convention Tuesday.
[The Hill] [Photo courtesy Andrew Harnik/AP via CBS News]