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Paul Ryan: Voted For Trump, Working to Save House Majority

By    |   Tuesday, 01 November 2016 10:16 AM

House Speaker Paul Ryan said Tuesday he voted for GOP nominee Donald Trump last week in early voting, and he's supporting the entire Republican ticket while encouraging other voters to do the same in hopes of keeping Hillary Clinton out of the White House and Democrats from winning the House and Senate.

"I stand for our nominee," the Wisconsin Republican told a Fox News' "Fox and Friends" panel. "I am supporting our entire Republican ticket. I have been all along, which has not changed at all. My focus personally right now is saving our House majority."

Ryan has come under fire after going back and forth where Trump is concerned, including telling House committee leaders that while he'd continue to support the nominee, he wouldn't campaign for him after a damaging hot mic tape was released of Trump making lewd comments about women.

The speaker on Tuesday said a Clinton election would be like a return to the 1990s, when her husband Bill was in the White House.

"The point I make to younger voters, this is what life with the Clintons looks like," said Ryan. "It's always a scandal, one after another. You never know what happens next. They live beyond the rules and they live to work the system ... she could come in with a Democratic Congress, and that would be the worse thing to happen."

Ryan said he'll travel to Indiana, Michigan, and New York on Tuesday to fight for House Republicans to make sure the party keeps its majority.

"Go to better.gop if you want to take a look at what a unified Republican government can get you, take a look at these ideas and see what a Republican government can get you," said Ryan. "If we don't win the White House, don't win Congress, we don't get this. We get the Clinton scandal."

Trump and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker are campaigning in Wisconsin, but Ryan said he'd only heard about that a few minutes earlier and he didn't know they would be there.

"I'm on my way right now to Indiana with one of our members running there, then I'm going to Michigan, New York and Virginia," said Ryan. "I'm criss-crossing the country right now fighting for congressional Republicans, which is my primary responsibility."

Ryan said he hasn't changed anything about his position on Trump, but he's "just focusing on my primary responsibility, which is saving our House majority," said Ryan. "I've already got a long schedule that has been in play, fighting for House and Senate Republicans. That's what the Speaker of the House does."

His job, he continued, "Is to make sure that Nancy Pelosi does not return as Speaker of the House. It's also to help all Republicans to make sure they turn out the vote and that helps every Republican up and down the ticket."

Ryan also pushed back at claims that Republicans don't have a plan to repeal and replace Obamacare, saying that is not true.

"We actually have a full Obamacare replacement plan," Ryan said. "Go to better.gop and read it for yourself. All Republicans have put it out there for the world to see. We've worked with our nominee on this ... we've shown you what real patient-centered healthcare looks like. We don't have to live with Obamacare. It's patient-centered health care. You choose what you want for your family. Obamacare is collapsing under its own weight. We can and will replace it if we win this election."

The House Republicans' plan, said Ryan, is "virtually one and the same" as Trump's.

Meanwhile, Ryan said he serves at the pleasure of House members, and feels his position as Speaker is safe.

"We have offered a very bold agenda," said Ryan. "Nobody has done more to help raise money for our house Republicans and get us in the position to win. I'm crisscrossing this country, working for our members. We're all focused on beating Democrats on November 8th. I'm very confident where I stand. As Speaker of the House, you serve at the pleasure of your conference, which I'm happy to serve."

He said he also likes the job better than he thought he would, because he feels "you can make a big difference," but he does not like the idea of a "Clinton scandal government coming in and doubling down on where [President Barack] Obama was taking the country."

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