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Paul Ryan Says He Plans To Vote For Trump

Regardless of how conservative Republicans feel about Donald Trump being the party's presidential candidate, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan says it won't stop him from supporting the party.

Ryan, who many had hoped would be nominated in a brokered election, has long had issues with Trump. Still, he's been careful not to be overly-critical of the presidential hopeful, even when it seemed unlikely that Trump would get the nomination. Now that the unthinkable has happened, and it looks like nothing will stop Trump from running for president on the Republican ticket, Ryan's strategy seems wise.

Ryan announced on Thursday that on election day, he plans to vote for Trump. “It’s no secret that he and I have our differences. I won’t pretend otherwise,” Ryan wrote in a Wisconsin newspaper. “And when I feel the need to, I’ll continue to speak my mind. But the reality is, on the issues that make up our agenda, we have more common ground than disagreement.”

With Trump's candidacy-threatening to split apart the party, Ryan seems to by trying to set an example by quietly reminding fellow conservatives that by not voting for Trump, they may as well be voting for a Democrat. If conservatives can't bring themselves to hold their noses and place their votes for Trump, they're handing the White House (not to mention the next couple of Supreme Court) nominations to Democrats.

In this crucial time of political strife, it could be a turning point. Not voting for a Republican-- any Republican -- would mean handing the country to right wingers, possibly for good. Conservatives are not just at risk of losing the White House this year; they're at risk of losing any hope that America will hold onto conservative values.

Ryan is a smart guy. Come election day, will other Republicans wise up and realize that choosing the lesser of two evils is still better than clearing the path for the greater of two evils to come through.

Source: Raw Story

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