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Clinton supporter: 'Paul Ryan's playing this very well'

FOX 11's Andrew LaCombe talks to Doug Gansler, a Hillary Clinton supporter, on Good Day Wisconsin, Oct. 20, 2016. (WLUK image)

(WLUK) -- A Hillary Clinton supporter says U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan is handling Donald Trump's unconventional campaign well.

Ryan, a Janesville, Wisconsin native, has not denounced the Republican presidential nominee but has distanced himself from some of Trump's comments.

At Trump's rally in Green Bay Monday, some people in the crowd starting chanting, "Paul Ryan sucks."

Thursday morning on Good Day Wisconsin, former Maryland attorney general and Clinton supporter Doug Gansler said Ryan will be a big part of the Republican Party into the future.

"I think Paul Ryan's playing this very well," said Gansler. "People in Wisconsin understand, as they do around the country, that this is an aberration. I think that Donald Trump does not reflect the Republican Party. There's been a mass of people running away from Donald Trump on the Republican side, and there's been a lot of tension there."

Ryan has said he won't campaign with Trump and is focusing instead on retaining the Republican majority in Congress.

Gansler, expecting a Clinton victory, says he thinks Ryan will have a big role after the election.

"I think in the wake of the campaign, I think the Republican Party is going to regroup and say, 'That's not who we were. We're something else,' and Paul Ryan, I think, is going to have a big role in that going forward," he said.

A CNN instant poll after Wednesday's debate found 52 percent of viewers believe Clinton won, while 39 percent believe Trump won.

During the debate, Trump refused to say if he would accept the results of the election. Gansler says this shows Trump doesn't have the temperament to be president.

"He called her nasty, and he said he may not accept the results of the election as if we live in some sort of banana republic, and he's going to lead some sort of coup against democracy," said Gansler. "It's fascinating. It's reality television in some sense. In the other sense, it's an actual presidential debate. This thing matters."


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