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Paul Ryan threatens consquences for gun bill sit-in

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House Speaker Paul Ryan will participate in a CNN town hall Tuesday night

The event, moderated by CNN's Jake Tapper, will air at 9:00 pm ET and is slated to last one hour

CNN —  

House Speaker Paul Ryan, less than a week ahead of the Republican National Convention and under a year into his tenure as speaker, will appear in a town hall, live on CNN this Tuesday.

The event, moderated by CNN’s Jake Tapper, will air at 9:00 pm ET and is slated to last one hour. Viewers can tune in on CNN, CNN International and CNN en Español. A livestream will also be available online via CNNgo.

At CNN’s town hall, Ryan will have to answer questions from Tapper and voters about himself, his party and his plan going through this election.

The Republican Party’s 2012 vice presidential nominee has rapidly ascended the ranks of political power as his party has gone through a contentious year that saw the resignation of former Speaker John Boehner and the ascendancy of Donald Trump.

Ryan has repeatedly clashed with his party’s presumptive nominee and but officially endorsed Trump in June.

Since his endorsement, he has still criticized his party’s nominee, who he said had made comments that met the “textbook definition” of racism and also called on Trump to “clean up” his social media efforts after the candidate tweeted an image widely perceived as anti-Semitic.

Both Ryan and Trump have said they want to work to unify the party. Their ability to do so will be on full display next week when Ryan chairs the RNC where Trump is due to accept the party’s presidential nomination.

Ryan has sought to cast himself as a conservative shaper of public policy, offering detailed budget proposals embraced by many on the right and working to recast the GOP as compassionate to those suffering under poverty. His efforts as speaker have been undercut in part by a raucous political cycle that has delivered him problems in his own caucus and a raw, public fight with Democrats on the House floor over gun control.