Ryan leaves without taking questions

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FILE - In this Jan. 7, 2016 file photo, House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis. talks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington. Two fresh faces in the Republican Party, Ryan and South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, are offering messages of openness and diversity that could answer the GOP establishment’s increasingly desperate search for an antidote to the loud pronouncements of presidential front-runner Donald Trump. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

BROOKFIELD, Wisconsin (AP) – The Latest on House Speaker Paul Ryan’s Wisconsin appearance (all times local):

12:45 p.m.

House Speaker Paul Ryan is not taking questions from a friendly audience of Wisconsin business leaders even though his office originally said he would.

Ryan on Thursday gave a speech at the Waukesha County Business Alliance. He got a standing ovation on the way in, but left immediately after his remarks. His office had said in the original notice that he would take 30 minutes of questions. His campaign spokesman Zack Roday says he had to leave due to a tight schedule.

Ryan did not refer to Donald Trump by name during the speech, but instead bemoaned the lack of focus on issues Republicans want to talk about. He says, “Guess what? We are actually running on ideas in this election.”

But he says you wouldn’t know that from “all the mudslinging and the mess that’s out there on TV.”


12:30 p.m.

House Speaker Paul Ryan is getting a standing ovation at a business group event in conservative southeastern Wisconsin.

Ryan was the keynote speaker Thursday at the Waukesha County Business Alliance event. He was heckled by angry Donald Trump supporters Saturday at what was supposed to be a Republican unity rally in his congressional district.

Ryan jokes Thursday, “Not much going on these days. Not much to talk about.”

Ryan on Monday told House members he would no longer defend or campaign for Trump. Since then, he’s mostly been holding private meetings in his congressional district.

But on Thursday he promised to take questions from the business leaders. Ryan says he wanted to have a discussion on ideas and not “all the mudslinging and the mess that’s out there on TV.”

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