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

Paul Ryan
FILE - In this Jan. 7, 2016 file photo, House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis. talks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington. Two fresh faces in the Republican Party, Ryan and South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, are offering messages of openness and diversity that could answer the GOP establishment’s increasingly desperate search for an antidote to the loud pronouncements of presidential front-runner Donald Trump. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

CHESTER SPRINGS, Pa. (AP) – 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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