Paul Ryan Says He'll Write In GOP Candidate Instead of Voting for Trump

Former Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan said this week he plans to write in a GOP candidate for president in November rather than vote for his party's presumptive nominee, Donald Trump, saying the former president lacks the "character" to lead the nation.

"Not from me," Ryan told Yahoo Finance when asked Tuesday if he'd vote for Trump this fall. "Character is too important to me, and it's a job that requires the kind of character he just doesn't have."

Ryan, who left office in 2019 and had an often contentious relationship with Trump, last September predicted that in a race between Trump and President Joe Biden, who is seeking a second term this fall, "I think Biden wins."

Trump and Biden are locked in a neck-and-neck matchup in the battleground state, according to a Marquette Law School poll released last month. The poll showed 51% of respondents — including both registered and likely voters — backed Trump, while 49% supported Biden, well within the poll's 4.8% margin of error.

Polling in early November found Biden receiving support from 50% of respondents, compared with 48% for Trump.

With Wisconsin expected to once again be one of a handful of battleground states to play a deciding role in November's election, Biden and his surrogates continue to make stops in the state. Biden visited Racine on Wednesday to announce Microsoft Corp.'s plans to expand on its pledge to build a new artificial intelligence hub in southeastern Wisconsin — expanding the company's investment in the state from an initial $1 billion proposal to a $3.3 billion effort.

Vice President Kamala Harris will make her fourth trip to Wisconsin next week with a stop in Milwaukee.

Trump, meanwhile, made his second trip to the state last week with a rally in Waukesha, where he hammered Biden on issues ranging from the economy to immigration and the nation's southern border.

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