JANESVILLE — For the second time in as many months, the possibility of a joint Paul Ryan-Donald Trump campaign appearance was floated and quickly yanked away.
The Republican presidential nominee earlier this week scheduled a Sunday afternoon rally in West Allis, just outside Milwaukee. It was to be Trump's sixth Wisconsin event since he lost the state's primary election to Texas Sen. Ted Cruz.
"We don't know if it's scheduled firm or not yet, but I intend to do it if he's here," Ryan told reporters Saturday when asked if he would attend the Trump rally. "Here's the point: we're going from here to Mukwonago to go campaign with Mike Pence. So everybody's schedule is a little bit in flux in these closing moments, but if our nominee comes, we'll campaign with him."
Seconds later, a spokesman for Trump's Wisconsin campaign alerted reporters that the event had been canceled, citing a scheduling conflict.
Trump has made a strong play for Wisconsin, despite the fact that the state has not gone for a Republican candidate since Ronald Reagan in 1984.
He trails Clinton by six points among likely voters in the Badger State, according to a Marquette University Law School poll released Wednesday.
Clinton herself has not campaigned in Wisconsin since before the primary election, which she lost in Wisconsin to Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. Vice President Joe Biden held a rally in Madison on Friday, and running mate Tim Kaine is set to tour the state on Sunday.
Kaine's final Sunday event in Wisconsin will be a Green Bay Packers watch party at a La Crosse brewery. Trump's rally was scheduled to begin 25 minutes before the Packers game, which is almost required viewing in Wisconsin.
Ryan and Trump were supposed to campaign together for the first time last month, at an event in Elkhorn designed to showcase Wisconsin Republicans up and down the ballot. Trump's invitation was rescinded the night before that event, when a 2005 recording surfaced of him making sexually predatory comments about women.
The House Speaker has since distanced himself from his party's nominee, although he said this week he voted for Trump.
Ryan had previously indicated he would not campaign for Trump, focusing instead on preserving a GOP majority in the House.
This is the second time Trump has canceled a rally scheduled in West Allis. His last visit to Wisconsin was in Eau Claire last week.
Ryan was in Janesville with GOP Sen. Ron Johnson as part of a statewide tour to support his re-election campaign against Democratic former Sen. Russ Feingold.
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