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Speaker of the House Paul Ryan visits Billings to endorse Zinke

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BILLINGS, Mont. -

Candidates are pulling out all of the stops in the days leading up to next week's election.

Speaker of The House Paul Ryan visited the Treasure State for the first time to endorse Congressman Ryan Zinke, who is running for another term.

KULR-8's Stella Daskalakis was at the Billings Logan International Airport for that endorsement.

Some people refer to them as heavy hitters. 

In June, former Texas Governor and 2012 presidential hopeful Rick Perry stopped in the Treasure State to endorse Gubernatorial Candidate Greg Gianforte. 

And this time, Speaker of The House Paul Ryan stops in Montana to endorse Congressman Ryan Zinke.

Montana Congressman Ryan Zinke and Senator Steve Daines set the stage for Speaker of The House Paul Ryan.

"Go Packers," said the Speaker.

"You're in Denver country," said Zinke.

"Yes I'm in Denver country," responded Ryan. 

The exchange started with some kidding and an appreciation of his visit to the Treasure State.

"Hey everybody, it is so great to be here. First of all, this is my first time to Montana," said Ryan.

Then, it was time to get down to the business at hand.

Ryan, speaking of Zinke, said, "There are men and women of courage and conviction that have earned and deserve our support. This man is one of them."

Paul Ryan didn't stop at his endorsement of Congressman Zinke, who is running for another term in Congress.

"He is doing it right now for you in Congress. He is one of our leaders who has such a bright future. We have such high hopes for him and you've got this great Senator. This guy really knows Montana," added Ryan of Senator Steve Daines.

The political leaders spent some time talking to voters, signing autographs and posing for photos.

Congressman Zinke says he appreciated the visit.

Zinke said, "Paul Ryan is a great leader. He is the Speaker of The House. And it's going to start with leadership. It's an honor to have Paul here. We've become good friends. I don't agree with everything Paul says, but this is about putting America first. 

Zinke says it's important for lawmakers, like the Speaker, to understand Montana values.

"We have really really good people. We're a large state, not a whole lot of people, but our voice matters," said Zinke.

And Zinke has advice for all voters.

He said, "Hang in there America. Take a deep breath. We'll be fine."

Speaking of heavy hitters, we had our share from Montana step up to the podium.

Gubernatorial Candidate Greg Gianforte and Senator Steve Daines were here too.

We reached out to state Democrats for their thoughts on the GOP bringing heavy hitters through Montana.

Spokesman Les Brasswell's statement said:

"With a week to go before Election Day, Congressman Zinke and his D.C. insider friends are clearly seeing a tight race for Montana's lone U.S. House seat, so Speaker Ryan came to Montana to help out his favorite yes-man."

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