May 27, 2022 - Politics & Policy

Paul Ryan campaigns for embattled Trump foe

Former House Speaker Paul Ryan

Former House Speaker Paul Ryan. Photo: Astrid Riecken/Getty Images.

Former House Speaker Paul Ryan on Friday announced plans to stump for Rep. Tom Rice (R-S.C.), one of the 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach former President Trump.

Why it matters: Members of the Republican Party's old guard are increasingly coming out in defense of GOP officials targeted by the former president for disloyalty.

What they're saying: Ryan, in a statement, said Rice is "a man of principle, a man of conviction, and a leader who always puts South Carolina’s interests first."

The state of play: Rice, like Cheney, faces a tough reelection battle against a Trump-endorsed candidate.

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