Ryan: I have a better relationship with Cruz
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Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanMcConnell names Senate GOP tax conferees House Republican: 'I worry about both sides' of the aisle on DACA Overnight Health Care: 3.6M signed up for ObamaCare in first month | Ryan pledges 'entitlement reform' next year | Dems push for more money to fight opioids MORE (R-Wis.) said Thursday he has a better relationship with Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzDebbie Wasserman Schultz marks 10 years as breast cancer survivor Foreign agent registration is no magical shield against Russian propaganda Let Trump be Trump and he'll sail through 2020 MORE than his predecessor, who compared the Texas senator to the devil.

NBC’s Luke Russert asked Ryan about former Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerJohn Feehery: A political forest fire Trump's pick for Federal Reserve chief is right choice at right time The two-party system is dying — let’s put it out of its misery MORE’s comments that began ricocheting around the internet earlier in the day at a Capitol news conference. Boehner said at an event Wednesday night at Stanford University that Cruz was “Lucifer in the flesh” and a “miserable son of a bitch.”

Ryan incidentally had decided to allow reporters to bring their children to the press conference to commemorate Take Your Sons and Daughters to Work Day. As Russert began to read aloud Boehner’s quote, Ryan quickly interrupted: “There are children here, watch what you say next!”

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The Speaker maintained he is on decent terms with Cruz, who is running for the GOP presidential nomination.

“I have a much better relationship than that with Senator Cruz,” Ryan said.

“Look, my job is to help unify our party, is to take off pieces of the conservative movement and the Republican Party and help stitch them together, especially after our primary,” he said. “I have a very good relationship with both of these men, and I’m going to keep it that way.”

Boehner and Cruz butted heads during the last two years of the Ohio Republican’s Speakership, particularly during the 2013 government shutdown that Cruz helped instigate. Cruz met with House conservatives and urged them to support using a government spending bill as leverage to defund ObamaCare — a ploy that proved to be politically damaging for Republicans.

“I have Democrat friends and Republican friends. I get along with almost everyone,” Boehner said, according to The Stanford Daily. 

“But I have never worked with a more miserable son of a bitch in my life,” he said onstage.