In split, Paul Ryan stumping for House GOP but not for Donald Trump

The Wisconsin Republican can't ignore Donald Trump, his party's presidential candidate.

Chester Springs | Published:October 11, 2016 2:55 pm
FILE - In this June 23, 2016 file photo, House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis. gestures during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. Gun control, immigration and money to combat the Zika virus top the congressional agenda as lawmakers sprint toward the political conventions this month and a seven-week summer recess. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File) FILE – In this June 23, 2016 file photo, House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis. gestures during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. Gun control, immigration and money to combat the Zika virus top the congressional agenda as lawmakers sprint toward the political conventions this month and a seven-week summer recess. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

For Paul Ryan, October is about protecting the Republican majority of the House and his own job as speaker.

The Wisconsin Republican can’t ignore Donald Trump, his party’s presidential candidate. And he can’t offend Trump’s millions of voters. Many House GOP candidates need them to survive next month’s elections.

But remarkably, the party’s White House nominee and its highest elected official are practically at war. And Ryan says he’s not going to lift a finger for Trump or even be seen with him.

Instead, Ryan told his House GOP colleagues in a conference call on Monday that he will focus on making sure Democrat Hillary Clinton does not get a blank check with a Democratic Congress if she’s elected president.

A person who was on the call described Ryan’s remarks.

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