The House Speaker, Republican Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, praised GOP presidential nominee Donald Trumps latest debate performance against Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.
On Sept. 27, Ryan told reporters during his weekly Republican conference meeting that he believed Trump had met his expectations.
“I think Hillary gave a very polished, well-rehearsed, status-quo defense and Donald Trump gave a unique, Donald Trump response to the status quo,” Ryan said, according to the Washington Examiner.
The House Speaker added that he believed Trump “gave a spirited argument and I think he passed a number of thresholds, which showed… for 90 minutes he could go toe-to-toe with Hillary Clinton.”
Shortly after the debate, a CNN/ORC poll found that 62 percent of likely voters who had watched the two major nominees spar believed that Clinton won while only 27 percent gave the edge to Trump, CNN reports.
Respondents gave Clinton a double-digit edge on addressing their concerns about her candidacy, being a stronger leader, and being more sincere.
Of those polled, 47 percent said the debate would not impact their vote in November while 34 percent said that they were more likely to vote for Clinton. Another 18 percent said that they were more likely to vote for Trump based on his performance.
Ryan’s positive take on Trump’s debate performance is in contrast to insider Republicans, who were largely down on the business mogul’s effort.
The POLITICO Caucus, a poll examining the impressions of swing-state activists, strategists and operatives, found that 57 percent of Republicans thought Clinton won the debate while only 43 percent thought Trump did a better job, Politico reports.
“Trump was an embarrassment,” said an anonymous Iowa Republican. “I’d hate to be the guy in the spin room lying about how much Trump won the debate.”
One anonymous Virginia Republican said that it wasn't even close. “Sure, our tribal politics will force it to seem somewhat close, but even the most committed of Trump supporters know, deep down, that did not go well.”
One anonymous Nevada Republican noted that the debate would likely not have a dramatic impact on the November election.
“Neither candidate earned a single undecided vote,” the Nevada Republican said. “Clinton supporters will think she won. Trump supporters will think he won. Trump gets the nod because he did not completely implode.”