From Daily Mail
Donald Trump ended weeks of guesswork and infighting Friday night by endorsing a trio of moderate lawmakers in their primary election battles
Told a Wisconsin crowd that he is backing House Speaker Paul Ryan, Arizona Sen. John McCain and New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte
Ryan has clashed with Trump over the presidential nominees views on Muslims, once calling his comments ‘racist’
Trump last year beat up on McCain for earning his ‘war hero’ status by being captured following a Vietnam War plane crash
Trump said he will embrace Ronald Reagan’s ‘big tent’ approach and broaden the GOP’s reach to include moderates and crossover Democrats
Donald Trump ended weeks of acrimony and widespread speculation on Friday by endorsing three moderate Republican lawmakers – including House Speaker Paul Ryan – as he spoke to thousands of fans in Ryan’s home state of Wisconsin.
‘In our shared mission to make America great again I support and endorse our Speaker of the House Paul Ryan,’ he said to a chorus of mostly cheers.
Trump called for a return to Ronald Reagan’s vision of a ‘big tent’ Republican Party that includes conservatives, moderates, libertarians and crossover Democrats in its fold.
‘I hold in the highest esteem Sen. John McCain for his service to our country in uniform and in public office,’ Trump continued. ‘And I fully support and endorse his re-election. Very important. We’ll work together.’
A year ago Trump criticized McCain and called into question his status as a national ‘war hero,’ saying he was only considered heroic because he was captured and tortured by North Vietnamese soldiers.
And just last week McCain sided with a Pakistani-American Muslim family who clobbered Trump on the stage of the Democratic National Convention, thanking them for emigrating to the U.S.
Trump also endorsed Sen. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire, another moderate who faces a tough primary battle.
‘She’s a rising star and will continue to represent the people of New Hampshire very well for a long, long time,’ he said.
Trump has increasingly acknowledged his need to meet party stalwarts from politically moderate parts of the U.S. in the middle, according to a campaign aide, setting aside his instinct to fight them on principle in the service of winning a longer game.
And the aide added that Trump’s sometimes strained relationship with the Republican National Committee threatened to hamper their joint fundraising efforts in the final 95 days of the 2016 election season.
Within one minute of Trump’s endorsements, the GOP blasted out a fundraising email to its largest list in the nominee’s name.
‘It’s time to unite our Party and deny a third term of Obama,’ Trump says in the message.
‘I have officially endorsed Paul Ryan – and together, we will fight for YOU, and together we will Make America Great Again!’
He spoke Friday night to his desire to see a united Republican Washington with the White House and both houses of Congress rowing in the same direction when the next president takes office.
‘I need a Republican Senate and House to accomplish all the changes that we have to make,’ he said.
‘I understand and embrace the wisdom of Ronald Reagan’s “big tent” within the party. Big, big tent. Remember Ronald Reagan … He included Reagan Democrats and independents and Republicans. A lot of people. We’re going to have the same thing.’
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