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Paul Ryan Would Support Donald Trump As President Before Hillary Clinton

Paul Ryan speaking at CPAC 2014 in Washington, DC

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan has had harsh words for Republican presidential front runner Donald Trump in the past, but he would still prefer the real estate mogul -- as well as all other GOP candidates -- as president before Democrat Hillary Clinton.

The newly-elected Speaker told ABC News on Oct. 30 that he stood by his July statement that Donald Trump was "extremely disrespectful" regarding immigration issues and that he did not "speak for the Republican Party" when he said that most undocumented immigrants coming to the United States were criminals and rapists. However, Ryan said that he will still support any Republican candidate who wins the primary.

"Every one of these people would be a far better president than Hillary Clinton," he told ABC News. "We're having a good primary process. It's cathartic, it's helpful."

Ryan, who ran for vice president in 2012, predicted that the candidates' stances on policy will get them elected, not their personalities.

“We’re headed in the wrong direction and people deserve a clear choice,” said Ryan, who confessed to not watching the third and most recent GOP debate.

Trump also softened his tone on Ryan recently, potentially ending their icy exchanges.

“Paul Ryan is far from my first choice, but a very nice guy," Trump tweeted in early October, according to Breitbart. The Republicans should go for tough and (very) smart this time – no games!”

Before Ryan accepted the nomination to be Speaker of the House, Trump spoke fairly well of him.

"I think he’s somebody that probably could get good support," he said. "I think he’s a very nice person."

But when Ryan ran for vice president in 2011, the real estate mogul had much harsher words, calling Ryan's budget a "death wish" for the GOP.

“It is catastrophic what he’s done,” Trump said. “If they lose, it will be the single biggest reason why the Republicans lost: the Ryan plan.”

"This will be the single worst move in the Republican Party for many years," Trump added, going on to call Ryan a potentially "bright guy" who is "not a good chess player."

Sources: ABC News, Breitbart
Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore/Wikimedia Commons

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