The October 17 edition of Fox Business’ Varney & Co, the possible impact of the ‘civil war’ within the Republican party was a hot topic for discussion.
STUART VARNEY (HOST): Donald Trump in Green Bay, Wisconsin tonight. But he’s continuing his fight with House Speaker Paul Ryan, who is also from Wisconsin, after Ryan withdrew his support for Trump. Here is the Trump tweet today, one of two, by the way: “The Democrats have a corrupt political machine pushing crooked Hillary Clinton. We have Paul Ryan, always fighting the Republican nominee.” David, wouldn’t it be nice if they could get together in Wisconsin today? They are both making speeches there.
DAVID WEBB: Right, how about political reality? You guys fighting each other is not going to help. Paul Ryan needs to suck it up, go sit down with the nominee the people have chosen. The problem is Washington insiders, they want to choose the next party head.
VARNEY: So you’re critical of Ryan?
WEBB: I’m critical of Ryan here on this one, step up.
VARNEY: OK. Meanwhile, a warning from Paul Ryan, here is what happens if Democrats win the Senate. Roll tape:
PAUL RYAN: If we lose the Senate, do you know who becomes the chairman of the Senate Budget Committee? A guy named Bernie Sanders, you ever heard of him?
VARNEY: Fair point, because that’s accurate. If the Democrats win the Senate, Bernie Sanders runs the country’s budget operation?
WEBB: Yeah, which would be tragic beyond belief. So this is why it’s important to get together. You’re the Speaker of the House, step it up, get in there with the nominee and say, “I’m going to support him, we’re going to fight for the Senate together.”
VARNEY: Yeah, I mean, this civil war within the Republican Party, with 22 days until the election. Wouldn’t it be nice if they got over that in some way or another?
WEBB: They don’t like the fact that Donald Trump broke the emergency glass on failure in Washington.
VARNEY: Liz is being very quiet on this.
ELIZABETH MACDONALD: I am. It’s just going to be — Nancy Pelosi could be House Speaker, and Chuck Schumer could be running the Senate majority.”
Transcript via Media Matters.