Ryan backs call urg­ing Moore to stand down

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WASH­ING­TON – House Speaker Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., urged Roy Moore to end his Se­nate cam­paign Tues­day, join­ing a wave of GOP con­gres­sional lead­ers call­ing on the Alabama Repub­li­can to with­draw amid al­le­ga­tions of sex­ual mis­con­duct.

“He should step aside,” Ryan told re­porters in the Capi­tol. “Num­ber one, these al­le­ga­tions are cred­i­ble. Num­ber two, if he cares about the val­ues and peo­ple he claims to care about, then he should step aside.” Ryan’s com­ments came a day af­ter Se­nate Ma­jor­ity Leader Mitch McCon­nell, R-Ky., and other lead­ing Repub­li­can sen­a­tors called on Moore to bow out. Na­tional Repub­li­can Se­na­to­rial Com­mit­tee Chair­man Cory Gard­ner, R-Colo., said the Se­nate “should vote to ex­pel” Moore if he re­fuses to step aside and is elected in next month’s special elec­tion.

But Moore has stood de­fi­ant against their calls. He wrote on so­cial me­dia Mon­day that McCon­nell is the one “who should step aside.” On Mon­day, an­other woman came for­ward to ac­cuse Moore. Bev­erly Young Nel­son, who turned 56 on Tues­day, ac­cused Moore, now 70, of sex­u­ally as­sault­ing her and bruis­ing her neck in the late 1970s when she was 16 years old.

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