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Mike Pence Declines to Say Whether He Wants Paul Ryan Reelected as Speaker

Mike Pence Declines to Say Whether He Wants Paul Ryan Reelected as Speaker

mike-penceBefore Mike Pence was the governor of Indiana, he was a prominent Republican congressman. And in an interview with National Review, he did not commit to supporting Paul Ryan being reelected as Speaker.

Pence spoke out about Donald Trump and the campaign trail and how he’s confident the GOP is “getting back to the principles that Ronald Reagan brought to the national stage.”

But when asked about supporting Ryan for reelection, Pence didn’t directly answer the question:

In our interview, Pence declined three times to answer the question of whether Ryan should be reelected as speaker. “My respect for Paul Ryan is boundless,” he says, repeating it twice. “I’m not a member of the House Republican conference anymore. I wouldn’t presume upon what the members of the conference choose.”

The National Review piece notes that after the interview, a Pence advisor said if he were still in the House, he would vote for Ryan in the Speaker election.

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