Ryan plugs GOP campaign agenda, but no mention of Trump

Wisconsin Republicans either reiterated their support for Donald Trump or said nothing this week, even after House Speaker Paul Ryan told nervous members of his caucus that he would not defend Trump or campaign with him before the election.

Ryan said earlier this week that he would not campaign for Trump or defend him, following the controversy set-off by the nominee's sexually aggressive comments about women and nearly daily reports this week about women coming forward to claim the businessman had inappropriately touched them.

On Monday, Gallagher again denounced Trump's comments as "offensive and reprehensible" but said Clinton can't be president because of how she handled the 2012 attack on a USA diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, when she was secretary of state. "But that does not have to happen".

"Don't get into a personality contest". He's backed by conservative lawmakers including Iowa Rep. Steve King and the throngs of loyal supporters who attend his rallies, including the one here in Panama City, Florida, Tuesday, where he renewed his call for a government investigation into his opponent, Hillary Clinton.

He simply can not afford any longer to be seen as Mr. Trump's political enabler and to risk going down in flames with him on November 8.

Ryan has been relatively mum since he privately told House Republicans this week that he wouldn't campaign or be seen with Trump and would devote himself to maintaining his party's congressional majority. All the money is to defend GOP-held seats.

"I don't want his support, I don't care about his support", Trump said.

"Beneath all the ugliness lies a long running debate between two governing philosophies: one that is in keeping with our nation's founding principles - like freedom and equality - and another that seeks to replace them", Ryan said.

He focused on the House Republican agenda - and why a Clinton victory would damage Republican aims. In his remarks Friday, he warned that Democrats want to increase bureaucratic control of peoples' lives and confirm liberal judges and promised, "A Republican Congress will not stand for this".

A source on the call said Conway acknowledged what they were saying about Ryan.

"I think we should get support and we're not getting the support from Paul Ryan", Trump said.

Locke said Trump has "centered his campaign around insults and bigotry" and GOP leaders like Ryan have "never done anything to stop the trainwreck of their nominee".

For instance Sen. Deb Fischer, R-Neb., said on Friday that Trump's leaked 2005 remarks about grabbing women's genitals were "disgusting and totally unacceptable".

Trump's campaign released a new ad that focuses on Clinton's recent bout with pneumonia.

But others are angry at Ryan for, in their view, aiding the Democrats by so publicly abandoning Trump - and some have lashed out publicly.

Many Republicans criticized the presidential nominee, and some withdrew their endorsement, but Trump doubled down, tweeting Tuesday that "the shackles have been taken off of me".

On Friday, Ryan mentioned Hillary Clinton's name six times, as he made the case that if she were handed the presidency, Clinton would remake America "in the mold of liberal progressivism".

Before it's here, it's on the Bloomberg Terminal. The bulk of the speech was tied to what Ryan says are more "positive" approaches to restoring free enterprise and tackling the country's economic and other problems.

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