Paul Ryan endorses Donald Trump
The speaker of the House of Representatives says he will vote for Donald Trump.
Rep. Paul Ryan made that statement in a column submitted Thursday for publication in The Gazette, his hometown newspaper.
The statement at least partially answers a question on many minds: whether the leader of the House Republicans and chairman of the upcoming Republican National Convention would support Trump's candidacy.
Ryan has criticized Trump during the primary campaign. The two met May 12, but afterward Ryan said it was too soon for an endorsement.
A Ryan campaign spokesman said the column is an endorsement of Trump's candidacy.
Ryan wrote in the opinion piece that he and Trump have talked at length.
Ryan's column also touts the “confident America” policy agenda he has been developing since becoming speaker of the House last fall.
“Through these conversations, I feel confident he (Trump) 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,” Ryan wrote.
Ryan goes on to say that he and Trump do not agree on everything and that when he sees the need, Ryan will continue to speak his mind.
“But the reality is, on the issues that make up our agenda, we have more common ground than disagreement,” Ryan wrote.
Ryan also mentions the likely Democratic nominee for president, Hilary Clinton, by name, saying she is unlikely to support the GOP agenda.
“A Clinton White House would mean four more years of liberal cronyism and a government more out for itself than the people it serves. Quite simply, she represents all that our agenda aims to fix,” Ryan wrote.
Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz issued a statement criticizing Ryan and Trump and saying the next president must be a Democrat.
"Ryan's ideas are almost as bad as Trump's," Wasserman Schultz said. "Both Trump and Ryan would block an increase in the minimum wage. Both have promised to defund or shutdown Planned Parenthood. Both have vowed to repeal the Affordable Care Act, which would jeopardize health care for 20 million Americans. And both men have proposed tax plans that would overwhelmingly benefit those at the top ..."