GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS: You said in explaining why you’re standing by your endorsement of Mr. Trump that what matters more to you more than anything are our core principles.
But what core principle is more important to the party of Lincoln and standing up against racism?
RYAN: That’s why I did that, that’s why I spoke out against it.
But this is the party of Lincoln, the party of Jack Kemp and Ronald Reagan, so that is why we up and speak against any conversation, any kind of comment that has racist . . .
STEPHANOPOULOS: But this isn’t the first time you’ve had to that when he . . .
RYAN: No, it isn’t the first time.
STEPHANOPOULOS: . . . the KKK. You had to speak out against that.
RYAN: It isn’t the first time I’ve had to do and it won’t be the last time if this continues.
Hopefully, this won’t continue. Hopefully, the campaign will move in a better direction so that it can with be one that we can all be proud of. . . .
STEPHANOPOULOS: Even if the president, then, espouses values that you don’t share?
RYAN: I don’t believe in those values. I don’t know that he believes that in his heart. I don’t know what’s in his heart. But I do think, hope and believe that he’s going to improve the tenor of the campaign, the tone of the campaign, the kind of campaign that he’s going to run.
I believe we need to be inspirational, aspirational and inclusive. And that, to me, is what the . . .
STEPHANOPOULOS: But that’s not the campaign that Donald Trump is running, is it?
RYAN: It’s not. And I hope that it gets there.