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Trump belatedly backs Ryan in bid for unity

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>> In our shared mission to make America great again, I support and endorse our Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan.>> In a normal election cycle, the Republican presidential nominee endorsing the top Republican in Congress would not be news. But it's now safe to say this election cycle is anything but normal.
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Just days earlier, Donald Trump told the Washington Post he wasn't yet ready to back Paul Ryan in the Speaker's primary race, a move infuriating top Republicans, including party chairman Reince Priebus. Trump's comments on Ryan adding salt to the party's wounds after he also said he was withholding endorsements for Republican senators John McCain, of Arizona, and Kelly Ayotte, of New Hampshire.
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But he reversed all that on Friday, backing Ryan, McCain and Ayotte and emphasizing the need for party unity.>> Working hand in hand, we will grow our majority in the House and in the Senate. We need that, we gotta get things done.>> Trump's sudden shift from combative to congenial may be due to a cold, hard reality check from national polls this week.
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While a Reuters IPSOS survey out Friday put him roughly tied with Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton, a slew of other polls put Clinton significantly ahead, one putting her 15 points above Trump. Website RealClearPolitics average of polls giving her a 6.8 point lead.>> And if you don't like me, that's okay.
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Vote for Pence, because it's a same thing.>> Trump enjoyed double digit leads through much of the Republican primary. He may be feeling uncomfortable without a cushion of support.