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Paul Ryan calls on Montana GOP House candidate to apologize: ‘That’s wrong’

House Speaker Paul Ryan.AP

WASHINGTON — House Speaker Paul Ryan is calling for the Republican candidate in Montana’s special House election to apologize after allegedly attacking a reporter and getting charged with assault.

Ryan says ‘‘that’s wrong and should not happen.’’

But Ryan wouldn’t say if Greg Gianforte should be barred from joining the House GOP conference if he wins Thursday’s election. Instead Ryan said, ‘‘I’m gonna let the people of Montana decide who they want as their representative.’’

The chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, Congressman Steve Stivers, also weighed in Thursday. Stivers said: ‘‘From what I know of Greg Gianforte, this was totally out of character, but we all make mistakes.’’

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