Paul Ryan, the Speaker of the House, has endorsed Donald Trump for president. Ryan had previously shrugged off inquiries regarding his personal endorsement, stating that he was “not ready.” In a piece written for the Janesville Gazette, Ryan outlined the reason for his endorsement.
“I’ve spent most of my adult life pursuing ways to help protect the ‘American Idea’ — the notion that the condition of one’s birth does not determine the outcome of one’s life. The first step is always putting it on paper and having a real debate. And with the Obama presidency nearing an end, we have a real opportunity to get big things done the next four years.”
Representative Ryan went on to state that the House Republicans have worked for months on policy proposals tailored to address the top priorities on America’s mind. He also indicated that, because these policies had not yet been discussed in full, his endorsement for Trump was delayed.
“Donald Trump and I have talked at great length about things such as the proper role of the executive and fundamental principles such as the protection of life. The list of potential Supreme Court nominees he released after our first meeting was very encouraging… Through these conversations, I feel confident he 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’s endorsement may influence other House Republicans to come forth with their own endorsements. Trump is succeeding in gaining the favor and support of establishment politicians. In the House of Representatives alone, Trump has been endorsed from such notable names as Representative Thomas Massie, Chairman of the House Science Committee Lamar Smith, and Chairman of the House Administration Committee Candice Miller. Other notable Trump endorsers include Dick Cheney, Dan Quayle, and Senator Mitch McConnell.
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