Friday, November 24th

House Speaker Paul Ryan.(Photo: Cliff Owen, Associated Press)

MADISON - U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan and Gov. Scott Walker have unequivocally called for Alabama's Roy Moore to quit his U.S. Senate bid, even as other Wisconsin Republicans hedge by saying Moore should drop out if the allegations are true.

Ryan and Walker, Wisconsin's top two Republicans, made clear they believe the women accusing Moore of pursuing or molesting them decades ago when he was in his 30s and they were teens.

"He should step aside," Ryan said at a news conference in Washington on Tuesday. "Number one, these allegations are credible. Number two, if he cares about the values and the people he claims to care about, then he should step aside."

Last week, the Washington Post reported that the former Alabama state judge initiated a sexual encounter with a 14-year-old and pursued three other teenagers in the 1970s, when he was in his 30s.