Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan criticizes what he says is a ''degrading'' political discourse during an election year in which candidates have been accused of divisive rhetoric and insults. Rough cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Speaker of the House Paul Ryan criticized what he said on Wednesday is the "ugliness" and "degrading" nature of the current political discouse. Ryan's comments comes during a presidential primary contest that has seen Republican candidates trade crude insults and in which the frontrunner Donald Trump has been accused of racist and divisive rhetoric. Both Ryan and U.S. President Barack Obama have previously criticized the tone of the presidential nominating contest. Trump has advocated barring Muslims from entering the United States, prodigiously insulted his rivals and has said Mexico is sending "rapists" accross the borders. Speaking at Congress today, Ryan said that ugliness should not be the norm in U.S. politics, and warned of the dangers of identity politics.