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Ryan Dumps Trump, Shifts Focus To Congress

House Speaker Paul Ryan speaks during the 1st Congressional District Republican Party of Wisconsin Fall Fest on Oct. 8, 2016 at the Walworth County Fairgrounds in Elkhorn, Wis. U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump was scheduled to attend the Fall Fest with Ryan, who said he was "sickened" by lewd and misogynistic comments Trump made as he described groping women in a 2005 video released on Oct. 7, disinviting him from the political event in Wisconsin. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)
House Speaker Paul Ryan speaks during the 1st Congressional District Republican Party of Wisconsin Fall Fest on Oct. 8, 2016 at the Walworth County Fairgrounds in Elkhorn, Wis. U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump was scheduled to attend the Fall Fest with Ryan, who said he was "sickened" by lewd and misogynistic comments Trump made as he described groping women in a 2005 video released on Oct. 7, disinviting him from the political event in Wisconsin. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

House Speaker Paul Ryan announced Monday he will no longer campaign with Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. Instead, Ryan says he will focus on maintaining his party’s majority control in Congress.

The announcement comes after an 11-year-old video surfaced of Trump making crude remarks about women. Former Republican senator Judd Gregg told the Washington Post that “it’s every person for himself or herself right now” in the GOP.

Here & Now’s Robin Young talks with NPR lead politics editor Domenico Montanaro about what Ryan’s announcement means for the state of the GOP, and about the latest polls, which seem to show a growing lead for Hillary Clinton.

Guest

Domenico Montanaro, NPR’s lead political editor. He tweets @DomenicoNPR.

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