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Paul Ryan, Ted Cruz Vote For Trump

Paul Ryan, Ted Cruz Vote For Trump

Both voted straight Republican.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) have announced they voted for GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump in early voting. However, neither one said Trump’s name:

“I stand where I’ve stood all fall and all summer,” the Wisconsin Republican said on “Fox & Friends.” “In fact, I already voted here in Janesville for our nominee last week in early voting.”

When the hosts asked Ryan if he wanted to encourage other Republicans to support Trump, he only answered from his point of view:

“I’m supporting our entire Republican ticket. I have been all along. My focus personally right now is saving our House majority.”

Ryan also stated that he will not campaign with Trump in Wisconsin with Gov. Scott Walker. Instead, he will continue to focus on saving the GOP majority in the House, “making sure Minority Leader ‘Nancy Pelosi doesn’t return as speaker of the House.'”

Ryan will make stops on the campaign trail for a few of the vulnerable House members:

“I am on my way right now to Indiana with one of our members running there. Then I’m going to Michigan, then I’m going to New York, then Virginia. I’m just crisscrossing the country right now fighting for congressional Republicans, which is my primary responsibility right now,” he said. “I have a schedule that has been long in place.”

The GOP currently holds 246 seats in the House to the Democrats at 186. This means the Democrats must flip 30 seats to retake the majority, which is not an easy task. However, even if they do not win all 30 seats, the Democrats can still take a chunk, thus, weakening the GOP’s stance.

Ryan reiterated his position that Democrat nominee Hillary Clinton must not win:

“The point I keep trying to make to younger voters who did not live through the 1990s is that this is what life with the Clintons looks like: It’s always a scandal, one after another. Then there is an investigation,” he said. “They live beyond the rules, and they live to work the system to help themselves, to help Clinton Inc.”

“They can win, and she could come in with a Democrat Congress — the worse of all possible things — if Republicans don’t turn out to vote,” Ryan continued. And if she does, “she will come with all her scandal baggage, and I don’t think that’s what the American people want to see.”

Trump has had a stormy relationship with Ryan, which capped off after The Washington Post released audio of Trump bragging about the ability to touch females because of his star power. Ryan said he would stop campaigning and publicly supporting Trump, causing the nominee to call the speaker a weak leader.

Cruz has also had an up-and-down relationship with Trump and the party, especially after he refused to endorse Trump at the Republican National Convention. But that all changed in September when he endorsed Trump in a Facebook post. KHOU11 caught up with Cruz after he voted:

“I voted straight ticket Republican,” said Cruz. “I encourage conservatives to come out all across Houston, all across the State of Texas.”

He also encouraged people to get out and vote.

“It’s all about turnout and that’s why need people to come out and vote,” said Cruz. “It’s why I voted early. You beat the lines on election day and you make your voice count.”

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Now if only Ryan do his damned job and present a budget someday.

    Ragspierre in reply to Old0311. | November 1, 2016 at 1:54 pm

    While I agree that would be swell…and it SHOULD be done…we all know it’s DOA with Barracula, right?

    Now, I TOTALLY think the this fight needs to be carried to the hilt, but it DOES get to “government shut-down” as a logical station on the trip, and the GOP has shown no sand for that. Cruz is the wonderful and notable exception, and look where it got him.

      Old0311 in reply to Ragspierre. | November 1, 2016 at 7:44 pm

      Let him veto it. It’s on him then.

        Ragspierre in reply to Old0311. | November 2, 2016 at 10:08 am

        We agree. But in the past PR struggles, the GOP has always been beat up as the bad guys.

        I think they should and can deal with that, but they simply avoid the whole deal. It’s a LOT more pleasant to go along and spend our money…

      “this fight needs to be carried to the hilt, but it DOES get to government shut-down as a logical station on the trip, and the GOP has shown no sand for that”

      The only reason it gets to government shutdown is because the GOP controlled House allows omnibus spending bills. Its a gentlemen’s agreement between the Establishment wings to each allow the other to get their pork barrel spending for lobbyist donations.

      The GOP could stop the practice tomorrow if they wanted to, but they choose not to because it protects them – if they were forced to cut funding line by line, Chris Mathews might call them mean names.

      Essentially, Ryan McConnell et al go out and open the stable doors at night, and in the morning they say “Gee, we would love to mount up and charge but all the horses have gone missing”.

      And conservatives STILL fall for it.

    Zachary in reply to Barry. | November 1, 2016 at 3:12 pm

    Oh, please elaborate on why they are wimps.

    /popcorn

      Olinser in reply to Zachary. | November 1, 2016 at 3:47 pm

      Because Ryan withheld his support for a long time, then at the first sign of trouble (the laughable allegations against Trump) ran for the hills and publically cancelled his appearance with Trump.

      Now that it looks like Trump is actually going to win he’s trying to pretend he supported him the whole time.

        Ragspierre in reply to Olinser. | November 1, 2016 at 4:07 pm

        What an AMAZING mother lode of bullshit…!!!

        At least SEVERAL of the accusers have TONS more creds than does Da Pig, and the “promised” refutation made Pence look like a cheap pimp.

        Even Ivanka ahs been shocked into silence.

          mailman in reply to Ragspierre. | November 1, 2016 at 6:50 pm

          Only for idiots like you Rags. For those of us who live in the real world Hillary’s very real issues far out weigh the manufactured issues created by democrats.

          Rags: “At least SEVERAL of the accusers have TONS more creds than does Da Pig”

          Ah yes, there is that “sharply trained legal mind” again – an unsupported assertion propped up with an ad hom nickname, like dousing a cheap steak in A1 sauce to cover its taste.

          The Sally Struthers School of Law? Yes?

          …Kahn, I’m laughing at the ‘superior intellect.’

          Up your game.

          “At least SEVERAL of the accusers have TONS more creds than does Da Pig”

          With a porno star leading the way.

          And I’m quite sure you believe she is credible.

      Barry in reply to Zachary. | November 1, 2016 at 11:14 pm

      Wimps because they want the credit without naming the name.

      Cruz I might give a pass to, Ryan doesn’t get one.

      Try not to choke on your popcorn.

    Merlin in reply to Barry. | November 1, 2016 at 3:46 pm

    Give it another week or so before you dump on the folks who are gagging their way through voting for Trump. Accept the anti-Hillary vote with just a bit of grace.

      Barry in reply to Merlin. | November 1, 2016 at 11:31 pm

      “Give it another week or so before you dump on the folks who are gagging their way through voting for Trump.”

      I don’t consider Ryan one of the “folks”. He’s a wimp.

      As for the folks, I don’t dump on them. I’ve never tried to tell anyone how they should vote. Or should Hillary win, that it would be their fault since they did not vote for trump. Or any of the other things you imagine.

      I said trump would win the R nomination and the Presidency back around Oct a year ago. I’ve read people who call theirselves “conservative” make up BS, imagine Trump perpetrated violence, imagine assaults committed by Trump staffers, suggest Trump wants to sleep with his daughter, and on. Tactics used by the left.

      So, “wimp” is pretty mild.

      And I don’t mind if you gag while voting Trump. It’s one more needed vote against the crooked corrupt establishment.

So did I, albeit reluctantly. Certainly the least enthusiastic pull of the lever I’ve ever done.

God help us whoever the winner is in a week.

    conservative tarheel in reply to Zachary. | November 2, 2016 at 12:11 pm

    I pulled the lever for Trump
    but it was about tied when I
    pulled the lever for Rmoney.
    both times I was voting against someone
    rather then for someone …

      CT, at least this time you voted for a winner, one that will fight against the corrupt forces arrayed against Americans. He might not be your cup of tea, but I think you’ll end up very pleasantly surprised.

Well, actually, they didn’t say they voted for “Trump.”

They said they voted for “the nominee.”

And I suppose they did, as many of us will (or have). But, although the nominee is Trump, declaring that one “voted for the nominee” is not quite the same as saying one “voted for Trump.”

DieJustAsHappy | November 1, 2016 at 5:54 pm

“My focus personally right now is saving our House majority.”

Your focus, Mr. Speaker, ought to be on saving America, not attempting to cushion your position in the House of Representatives. Just another reason why I’d like to see you replaced, perhaps with a Dave Brat or a Louie Gohmert!

    DC has physician assisted suicide now.

      DieJustAsHappy in reply to Old0311. | November 1, 2016 at 8:14 pm

      I parted ways, so to speak, with Ryan after the Vice-Presidential Debate, 2012. Recall the context. The first presidential debate had taken place. Romney did quite well. Biden made a mockery of the VP debate. Ryan just sat there. “Grow a pair!” I yelled at the TV. Well, we know how it went.

      When Bane-er tossed in the towel, my hopes were for a better replacement. Silly me. What was I thinking.

      DieJustAsHappy in reply to Old0311. | November 2, 2016 at 5:28 am

      “DC has physician assisted suicide now.”

      Old0311,
      I interpreted this to mean that what with Ryan as Speaker of the House the path to destruction was being aided. I just came across an article that the D.C. City Council voted to allow “physician-assisted suicide.” Sorry for the odd reply to your statement.
      DJAH

“this fight needs to be carried to the hilt, but it DOES get to government shut-down as a logical station on the trip, and the GOP has shown no sand for that”

The only reason it gets to government shutdown is because the GOP controlled House allows omnibus spending bills. Its a gentlemen’s agreement between the Establishment wings to each allow the other to get their pork barrel spending for lobbyist donations.

The GOP could stop the practice tomorrow if they wanted to, but they choose not to because it protects them – if they were forced to cut funding line by line, Chris Mathews might call them mean names.

Essentially, Ryan McConnell et al go out and open the stable doors at night, and in the morning they say “Gee, we would love to mount up and charge but all the horses have gone missing”.

And conservatives STILL fall for it.

The case for Trump.
From this am’s Va Right

http://www.varight.com/news/the-case-for-trump-the-republic-faith/

buckeyeminuteman | November 2, 2016 at 10:42 am

I remember the good old days and the importance of Election Day. None of this early voting crap made up by Team Obama. I understand that people work and lines can be long. Perhaps starting the weekend before but nobody should be tallying the votes until the polls close.

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