House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis. listens during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016, following a meeting with House Republicans. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
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That suggests an uphill path to deposing Ryan, who was his party's 2012 vice presidential nominee and could harbor White House ambitions.If Trump loses the presidential race to Democrat Hillary Clinton, disgruntled conservatives wouldn't need many votes to topple Ryan.A: Some Republicans say Ryan damaged Trump's chances by abandoning him.Ryan delayed his endorsement of Trump and spent months criticizing the nominee's comments on women and others. After the 2005 video emerged showing Trump boasting about groping women, Ryan said he would not defend the Trump and would campaign solely to protect Republican control of Congress. Ryan told colleagues to handle Trump's candidacy however they wished, which many Republicans considered smart.A: Other Republicans believe Ryan should have helped Trump or not split so sharply with him. A significant segment of the party's base is fiercely loyal to Trump; GOP lawmakers ignore them at their peril.When Ryan was elected speaker last October, nine Republicans voted for Rep. Daniel Webster, R-Fla., who abstained.A: Ryan spokeswoman AshLee Strong said he is running for speaker.
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