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Trump's judges list a positive step: Paul Ryan

Thursday, May 19, 2016 - 00:48

U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan says Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's announcement of the names of 11 judges he would consider for the Supreme Court was a ''very good step in the right direction.'' Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan says the move by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump -- unveiling the names of 11 judges he would consider for the Supreme Court -- was a "very good step in the right direction." During a news conference on Thursday (May 19), Ryan answered a reporter's question on why he has yet to endorse Trump as the potential Republican nominee. "I'll have more to say about this at another point- our teams are meeting. I think the list of the judges was a very good step in the right direction. We're making progress but that's all I've got to say at this point," said Ryan. Ryan has said he was not ready to endorse Trump until he shows he can unify the party. The two men are holding meetings to attempt just that. Trump is working to assure conservatives in his own party that, if elected president on Nov. 8, he would not appoint a liberal or moderate to the court. Trump allies had encouraged him to announce the names of potential court nominees to allay fears among conservatives wary of a Trump presidency. Trump's list includes: Steven Colloton of Iowa, a judge on the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals; Raymond Gruender of Missouri, also a judge on the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals; and Thomas Hardiman of Pennsylvania, a judge on the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals. It also includes: Raymond Kethledge of Michigan, a judge on the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals; William Pryor of Alabama, a judge on the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals; and Diane Sykes of Wisconsin, a judge on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals. The state supreme court jurists include: Allison Eid of Colorado; Joan Larsen of Michigan; Thomas Lee of Utah; David Stras of Minnesota; and Don Willett of Texas.

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Trump's judges list a positive step: Paul Ryan

Thursday, May 19, 2016 - 00:48