Ryan backs call urging Moore to stand down
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.