It seemed that what Paul Ryan needed was a little convincing before he began to endorse the presidential bid of his party mate, Donald Trump.
After a series of courtship, the incumbent Speaker of the U.S. House of Representative has finally given in and endorsed Trump to be the party’s official candidate for this year’s presidential elections. But it was not an easy feat for Trump to secure the Speaker’s endorsement after the latter appeared critical on the billionaire for the past few months.
Ryan announced his endorsement in a column at local daily Janesville Gazette in Janesville, Wis., saying he realized that the Republican presidential frontrunner could help him advance his agenda he has been trying to lobby.
Ryan, however, did not deny the fact that he has been critical on Trump in some of his stances. In fact, he said that his endorsement does not necessarily mean he would keep his silence on matters he sees fitting to be opposed.
“It’s no secret that he and I have our differences. I won’t pretend otherwise. 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,” Ryan wrote in his column.
Opening his column, Ryan said he and his colleagues in the party have talked in October last year about what they could do to help the country have a better future. That’s when the party started considering who among the presidential aspirants they would endorse.
“As I said from the start, my goal has been to unite the party so we can win in the fall. And if we’re going to unite, it has to be over ideas. Donald Trump and I have talked at great length about things such as the proper role of the executive and fundamental principles such as the protection of life,” the House Speaker added.