Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said Thursday he has a better relationship with Ted Cruz than his predecessor, who compared the Texas senator to the devil.

NBC’s Luke Russert asked Ryan about former Speaker John Boehner’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!”

{mosads}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.

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