>> Well, this is awkward. Donald Trump and Mike Pence headed for a campaign rally Friday in Wisconsin, House Speaker Paul Ryan's turf, just as tensions between Trump and Ryan hit a new high after Trump refused to endorse Ryan in his primary race. With Trump's campaign showing signs of disarray, Ryan's reelection campaign sent out a fundraising letter late Thursday seeming to assume Trump will lose his bid for the White House.
If we fail to protect our majority in Congress, the letter says, we could be handing President Hillary Clinton a blank check. The blank check reference echoes a similar theme that circulated back in 1996, when former Senator Bob Dole was on the verge of losing Bill Clinton. Ryan's still backing Trump for the White House, but their differences have flared up again over Trump's attacks on the parents of a fallen Muslim American soldier.
The two will not meet to patch things up while Trump is in Wisconsin. Ryan insisting he is simply too busy. Late Friday, Fox news reporting Trump might endorse Ryan at an evening rally in Green Bay. But a poll out Friday shows Ryan hardly needs it. The nation's top elected Republican heading into Tuesday's contest with a whopping 66 point lead over political novice Paul Nehlen, an avid supporter of Donald Trump.