Tomorrow, Speaker Paul Ryan is scheduled to meet with Donald Trump to talk brass tacks about how to move forward into the general election and victory.
The bruises from the primary process are still smarting. Just this week, Ted Cruz said he’d even consider re-entering the race if there was a path to victory. Bill Kristol, commentator and editor of The Weekly Standard, is actually trying to convince Mitt Romney to run on a third party ticket.
Clearly, all is not forgotten. There must be a path forward, but it ain’t gonna be strewn with rose petals.
Today, after a closed-door meeting with other House members, Speaker Paul Ryan said he can’t “pretend” the GOP is unified and acknowledged it will “take some work” to bring everyone together after the bruising primary, according to Fox News.
Ryan suggested that “to pretend we’re unified as a party” would mean going into the fall election at “half-strength.” Rather, he said he needs the party to be at “full-strength” and so wants to pursue “real unification” of all factions within the GOP.The first step for that may be endorsement from Ryan himself, who said last week he’s not yet ready to give Trump the stamp of approval.
Asked…what he needs to hear to fully get behind Trump, Ryan said he and Trump will have that conversation. “I don’t really know him,” he said. I’ve only met him once in 2012 and we had a good conversation in March on the phone. We just need to get to know each other.” But it was this final comment from Ryan which should be everyone’s focus from now on: “We cannot afford to lose this election to Hillary Clinton.”
[Note: This article was written by Michele Hickford]