House Speaker Paul Ryan just talked to college Republicans about the 2016 election without mentioning Donald Trump’s name a single time.
In a 20-minute speech in Madison, Wis., the nation’s top ranking Republican made only glancing references to the nominee of his own party, noted that he “doesn’t blame” voters who want to sit out the election and argued that emphasized the risks of Democrats winning both the White House and control of Congress.
When asked by a student how to pitch Republicans to skeptical liberals on campus, Ryan responded with what appeared to be a reference to Trump’s habit of tweeting attacks on his rivals. “Don’t talk about the latest Twitter-storm from somebody,” he said. “Don’t walk yourself into some bizarre personality contest.”
Later, he said he doesn’t blame voters who don’t want to cast a ballot for either Trump or Hillary Clinton. “I know some people are still making their choice,” he said. “I know some people are avoiding making any choice at all. And I don’t begrudge anybody for that. It is certainly easy at a time like this to get bogged down.”
“Some people are avoiding making any choice at all,” Ryan tells students about 2016. “I don’t begrudge anyone that.” https://t.co/vK2nqjpeXV
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) October 14, 2016