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Win McNamee/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- House Speaker Paul Ryan has invited Republican presumptive presidential nominee Donald Trump to meet with the House Republican leadership next Thursday morning, Ryan tweeted Friday.

In a separate gathering, Trump is also expected to meet with Ryan and Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus, according to Ryan's political office.


I've invited @realDonaldTrump for a meeting with GOP leaders next week, and I look forward to the discussion.

— Paul Ryan (@PRyan) May 6, 2016


The scheduled meetings represent a stark transformation in tone after Trump and Ryan sparred publicly the past 24 hours.

"I hope to support our nominee, I hope to support his candidacy going forward," Ryan said in an interview with CNN on Thursday. "I'm just not ready to do that at this point. I'm not there right now."

A short time later, the presumptive Republican nominee responded with his own dig at the most powerful elected Republican in the country.

"I am not ready to support Speaker Ryan's agenda," Trump wrote in a statement Thursday. "Perhaps in the future we can work together and come to an agreement about what is best for the American people. They have been treated so badly for so long that it is about time for politicians to put them first!"

The leadership meeting next week will include Ryan, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Majority Whip Steve Scalise and Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers, according to Ryan's political office and House Republican leadership sources.

The meeting is set to be held at the RNC's headquarters on Capitol Hill.

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US Senate(WASHINGTON) -- South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, one of Donald Trump’s most vocal Republican critics, announced Friday that he would not support the presumptive GOP nominee in a general election.

Saying he also refused to vote for Hillary Clinton, Graham said, “I also cannot in good conscience support Donald Trump because I do not believe he is a reliable Republican conservative nor has he displayed the judgment and temperament to serve as Commander in Chief.”

The senior senator also said in the statement that he would not attend the Republican National Convention in Cleveland this summer.

Graham, who ended his own presidential bid in December, had previously, albeit begrudgingly, endorsed Sen. Ted Cruz as the only viable alternative to Trump.

But he had made his distaste with both candidates clear, saying repeatedly that choosing between Cruz and Trump was like “being shot or poisoned. What does it matter?”

Graham also said in his statement that he would focus on helping Republicans win other offices throughout the country.

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ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- As Bernie Sanders pledges to take his presidential campaign all the way to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia this July, President Obama appeared to imply that Sanders' efforts are all but over -- even if he won’t explicitly call on Sanders to drop out.

Asked whether he believes the Vermont senator should end his campaign given the current delegate count, he replied, “I think on the Democratic side, just let the process play itself out. You mentioned the delegate math. I think everybody knows what that math is.”

According to ABC News’ estimates, Hillary Clinton has 2,205 delegates compared to Sanders' 1,401 delegates.

Nevertheless, Obama commended Sanders for “an extraordinary job raising a whole range of issues” that are important to Democratic voters.

“I know that at some point there is going to be a conversation between Secretary Clinton and Bernie Sanders about how we move towards the convention,” the president predicted.

Obama acknowledged that while “everybody starts getting a little chippy” in the course of primaries, “the good news is that there is a pretty strong consensus within the Democratic Party on the vast majority of issues.”

“You know, I've been through this. It's natural,” he continued. “Sometimes, even more with the staffs and supporters than with the candidates themselves.”

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The White House(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama is asking Republican voters to take a closer look at proposals floated by Donald Trump, who he says is now "the standard bearer" of the GOP.

"I want to emphasize that we are in serious times and this is a really serious job," Obama told reporters Friday. "This is not entertainment. This is not a reality show."

Obama said he hoped the media would take a closer look at policies put forward by the candidates as the general election campaign neared.

"If they take a position on international issues that could threaten war, or has the potential of upending our critical relationships with other countries or would potentially break the financial system. That needs to be reported on," the president said. "The one thing that I’m gonna be looking for over the next six months is that the American people are effectively informed about where candidates stand on the issues."

Asked to weigh in on the purported feud between House Speaker Paul Ryan and Trump, Obama said there's "no doubt" Republicans are assessing the identity and future of their party.

"Their standard bearer at the moment is Donald Trump, and I think not just Republican officials but more importantly Republican voters are going to have to make a decision as to whether this is the guy that speaks for them and represents their values," the president said.

Obama has said repeatedly he does not believe Trump will be his successor.

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Mark Wilson/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — A tweet showing Donald Trump eating a taco bowl on Cinco de Mayo while declaring, "I love Hispanics!" signals that the GOP front-runner is "trying."

That's according to Republican National Committee Chair Reince Priebus, who told reporters on Friday that the GOP's presumptive nominee understands the importance of attracting Hispanic voters to the party, despite his past comments on undocumented immigrants.

“He’s trying. Honestly, he’s trying," Priebus told Politico's Mike Allen at a breakfast event on Friday. "I honestly think he understands that building and unifying and growing the party is the only way we're going to win. I think he gets that.”

Trump's stance toward the nation's immigration policies have been widely criticized. He's referred to undocumented immigrants as "rapists" and "murderers" and his call for the construction of a wall along the Mexican border has become a rallying cry for his supporters.

The most recent ABC News/Washington Post poll shows that eight in 10 Hispanic voters have a negative view of Trump.

After GOP rivals Ted Cruz and John Kasich dropped out of the race earlier this week, elected Republicans and other prominent GOP strategists have been divided on whether to immediately endorse Trump's bid. The most prominent defection so far has come from the highest-ranking GOP elected official himself: House Speaker Paul Ryan.

Priebus said Trump called him shortly after Ryan revealed he wasn't ready to support Trump as the party's nominee. "You know, it wasn't like furious or anything," Priebus said. "It was like, what do I need to do? And so, I said 'Listen, my view is just relax and be gracious and I'll talk to Paul and we'll try to work on this.'"

Priebus said that Trump could calm fears from conservatives by releasing a short list of names to be Supreme Court nominees, suggesting that focusing on appointing a conservative to the bench would help unite the party around Trump.

"I think things like that would be helpful in kind of re-calibrating some people's minds as far as, okay, what is this about? Why do we need to support the Republican nominee?” he said.

Priebus was also asked whether it was possible for a last-minute rule change to block Trump from winning the nomination in Cleveland.

“Look, my personal view is, it is highly, highly doubtful," he said. "As I said before, the rules committee of 2016 writes the rules for the convention. I don't write the rules...nothing’s impossible, like I said, I said this many times, highly, and I add another one, highly unlikely.”

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ABC/Matthew Putney(WASHINGTON) -- Newt Gingrich has begun openly speculating that he would consider a vice presidential offer from presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.

If the duo paired up, there would be not one but two men on the ticket who have been widely criticized and sometimes mocked for some of their suggested policies.

Here's a review of five of the former House speaker and former presidential hopeful's most controversial ideas:

Make the Moon America Again

Gingrich has repeatedly spoken about his fascination with outer space and the moon, making it no surprise that some of his most other-worldly suggestions have been based around the subject.

In what even Gingrich said was "the weirdest thing I've ever done," he created a bill while he was a congressman that would allow for a lunar colony to apply for statehood once there were 13,000 residents.

He joked about the bill during the 2012 presidential campaign, but that is just one of several ways that he has incorporated outer space into domestic, and intergalactic, policy.

Traffic Issues Solved by Mirrors on the Moon

Using lights on the country's highways to make nighttime driving safe is so 20th century.

Gingrich proposed installing a mirror system on the face of the moon, the reflections of which would help light the highways and save Earth-bound residents tax dollars.

In a 2011 column about Gingrich, David Brooks of The New York Times wrote that Gingrich suggested such a system "could provide the light equivalent of many full moons."

Bringing Back Orphanages

When he was a congressman from Georgia who was expected to be selected as the House speaker, Gingrich advocated for taking poor children away from the care of their parents and placing them in orphanages.

Gingrich argued that the move, which was widely slammed for being Dickensian, would save money that would have been spent on welfare.

One of his biggest opponents was then-first lady Hillary Clinton, who reportedly called the idea "unbelievable and absurd," according to a New York Times article at the time.

Bringing Back Child Labor

While the orphanages idea doesn't appear to have been brought back up in roughly two decades, Gingrich has long been a proponent of allowing poor children to work at a younger age than allowed by law.

The prospect of changing child labor laws is one that he addressed as recently as his 2012 presidential bid.

In 2011, he said that child labor laws are "truly stupid." Instead, children should be allowed to work as janitors at their schools.

"These schools should get rid of unionized janitors, have one master janitor, pay local students to take care of the school. The kids would actually do work; they'd have cash; they'd have pride in the schools. They'd begin the process of rising," he said at an event at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.

The Moon as the Hottest Honeymoon Spot

Gingrich, who is now married to his third wife, predicted that the moon would be the new Hawaii in terms of honeymoon locations come 2020.

In his 1984 book Window of Opportunity, Gingrich wrote that he thought "honeymoons in space will be the vogue by 2020."

"Imagine weightlessness and its effects and you will understand some of the attractions," he wrote.

Despite recent advances by private space companies such as SpaceX and Virgin Galactic, space tourism doesn't appear to be in the cards any time soon. But he's still got four years to turn the trends around.

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Pete Souza/White House(WASHINGTON) -- The White House Thursday evening shared a photo of President Obama meeting with 6-year-old Sophie Cruz, an activist and child of undocumented immigrants.

Cruz is known for her impromptu hug with Pope Francis on his visit to the U.S. last September. She handed the pope a letter calling for him to urge Congress to pass immigration reform, explaining that both her parents are undocumented workers from Mexico.

Because of her parent’s legal status, they were not permitted to accompany her to the White House for the Cinco de Mayo celebration Thursday.

The White House shared photos of both Obama and Vice President Joe Biden meeting with Cruz privately before the celebration.

Today, @POTUS and @VP met young activist Sophie Cruz at the White House #CincoDeMayo reception. Photo by @petesouza. pic.twitter.com/DOWbrsZ30M

— La Casa Blanca (@lacasablanca) May 6, 2016

Obama said during the reception that his inability to press Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform “has been one of the most frustrating aspects of my presidency.”

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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — As President Obama was received by an audience chanting, “Four more years!” he broke into some Spanish, welcoming the friendly crowd gathered in the East Room of the White House with, “Buenas tardes, Feliz Cinco de Mayo! Bienvenidos a la Casa Blanca.”

He called the annual celebration, which featured the Mexican rock band Maná, “one of our best fiestas of the year.”

“We all know the story of Cinco de Mayo,” Obama said. “One hundred fifty-four years ago, the French, one of the strongest armies of the 19th century, marched on the tiny town of Puebla. An ill-equipped and hastily-trained band of Mexican patriots grabbed whatever weapons they could find, and they fought off the opposing forces, and eventually regained full independence.”

Obama said he spoke with Mexican President Peña Nieto today about, “shared work on advancing the prosperity and the security of Americans and Mexicans.”

“So I wished him a happy Cinco de Mayo,” the president said. “He asked me to extend the same to you, so I’m doing my duty here. It’s a reminder of not just a holiday, but the incredible bonds that our two countries share.”

The president then reminded the audience of his administration’s accomplishments geared toward the Latino population, including increased high school and college graduation rates, cutting the Latino dropout rate by more than half since 2000, ensuring that more than 700,000 DREAMers, “have the opportunity to reach their potential,” and fighting to fix the immigration system.

“The fact that we weren’t able to get it through Congress has been one of the most frustrating aspects of my presidency, but our ability to take actions within my legal authority to make our immigration system fairer and smarter and more just I continue to believe are going to help pave the way for us to finally get the law passed through the next Congress,” he said.

“And I've got to tell you, I’m going to keep on working on this not just as President, but as a citizen -- once I’m leaving here -- because I think it’s one of the most important things we can get done,” he added.

The president concluded his remarks, crediting the people who have worked to, “push this country forward, even just a little bit, and then handing it off in better shape for future generations.”

“For that, I think you've all earned a few margaritas,” Obama quipped.
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Liz Kreutz(LOS ANGELES) — Hillary Clinton headed to East Los Angeles Thursday night in honor of the Mexican holiday Cinco de Mayo -- but her rally in this predominantly Hispanic part of L.A. was anything but celebratory.

Hundreds of protesters descended upon East Los Angeles College to express their disdain for the Democratic presidential front-runner. Most of the protesters remained outside the college, although some made their way inside.

The protesters -- some of whom carried pro-Bernie Sanders signs -- spanned the spectrum in terms of their key issues: Some were protesting Clinton's refusal so far to release her speaking engagement transcripts and her ties to Wall Street, while others took issue with Clinton's "super-predator" remarks in 1994, and the crime bill her then-president husband signed that year. Others also headed to Clinton's rally to protest her involvement in the 2009 Honduras coup, and to accuse her of pandering to the Hispanic community.

Protesters in East LA have formed two long lines - and are yelling at Clinton supporters as they leave her event pic.twitter.com/I6zgTeAe6n

— Liz Kreutz (@ABCLiz) May 6, 2016

Maritza Galvez, a 21-year-old student at the college, carried a sign that read, “We only matter when it’s Cinco de Mayo.” A man, who was leading a crowd, shouted into a loud speaker, "Hillary Clinton and the Democratic party have to know that they cannot come to Los Angeles, occupy Mexico on Cinco de Mayo, and think that we are not going to come out and denounce them!”

East LA college student, Maritza Gálvez, 21, protests Clinton: "We only matter when it's Cinco de Mayo." pic.twitter.com/he4mlhFvpx

— Liz Kreutz (@ABCLiz) May 5, 2016

Other signs read: “Black Lives Matter Not Super-predators,” “Hillary Do Your Friends Make $12 or $15?” “Viva Bernie!” “NAFTA? IRAQ WAR? HONDURAS? Hmmm?” “Release the Transcripts,” “CALIFORNIA WHERE THE CLINTON & TRUMP SCAM WILL BE EXPOSED," and “Welcome to LA Where Hispandering to Chicanos Doesn’t Work!!!”

One sign specifically stood out: It was a giant photo of the Clintons with GOP front-runner Donald Trump at his Florida wedding -- an obvious nod that Clinton's relationship with Trump was not always so acrimonious.

There was a large police presence outside the college, with LAPD officers on horses blocking off areas with yellow tape. There were also a few LAPD helicopters flying overhead.

Man to Clinton supporters leaving her event: "Liar! Liar! Why are you voting for a liar?" pic.twitter.com/mdNFHqN6ZA

— Liz Kreutz (@ABCLiz) May 6, 2016

After the event, protesters formed two long lines along a narrow pathway and aggressively yelled out at Clinton supporters as they exited the rally. “She’s a liar! Liar! Why are you voting for a liar?” one man shouted. Others chanted, “Hillary Fuera East LA!” (meaning “get out”).

Another protester confronts Clinton on the rope line. Agents surround him and escort him out: pic.twitter.com/iPl6dPViEm

— Liz Kreutz (@ABCLiz) May 6, 2016

Inside, Clinton was confronted on the rope line by a protester who was quickly surrounded by police and taken out. And during her remarks, one woman, who appeared to be protesting Clinton’s role in the 2009 coup in Honduras, shouted loudly, “She killed Berta! She killed Berta!” — referring to Berta Caceres, a Honduran environmental activist and indigenous leader, who called out Clinton for her role in the coup, before being assassinated in March.

As this was happening, Clinton supporters countered with chants of “Hillary! Hillary!”

Clinton acknowledged her supporters' chants, telling them, “I mean this crowd is ready, aren’t you? I mean, I can’t do this without you.”

Rowdy crowd here -- cops escort second protester out of Clinton's event as supporters chant "Hillary! Hillary!" pic.twitter.com/dT5WV6Dj44

— Liz Kreutz (@ABCLiz) May 6, 2016

Likely because of the commotion, Clinton gave a very short speech by her standards: Just over 13 minutes -- nearly all of which focused on Trump.

Appealing to the largely Hispanic crowd, Clinton hit Trump hard on immigration.

“Just yesterday Donald Trump doubled down on his plan to create a deportation force to round up millions of people, that’s actually what he said," Clinton reminded the rally-goers. "He has pledged in his first days in office to scrap DACA and DAPA. And to finalize a design for a giant wall on the border. Well the best way to prevent that from happening is to make sure he never gets near the White House."

Clinton also acknowledged it was Cinco de Mayo, which commemorates the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War.

“I got to start by saying, that on Cinco de Mayo," she said, "I can’t think of a better place to be than right here.”

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Pearl Love(NEW YORK) — Hillary Clinton sent a message of support Thursday to a transgender woman who recorded herself being verbally assaulted on the New York City subway last Thursday.

Clinton, as it turns out, met the woman in mid-April at The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center in New York.

The woman, Pearl Love, told ABC News this week she took the video last Thursday afternoon -- and subsequently posted it on her Facebook page -- while commuting to her new job as an outreach social worker for Translatina Network.

"I just sat down and started reading my book but then this woman across me just randomly started yelling profanities at me and saying racist things," Love told ABC News. "I tried to just ignore it as I usually do, but this woman kept going for over five minutes. She was getting louder and more aggressive, so I started recording because I was scared."

Clinton on Thursday, wrote the following in the comments section of Love's post citing the subway incident: "Pearl, I'm so sorry that you experienced this. The all-too-high prevalence of violence and hatred faced by the transgender community—today, in 2016!—is a rebuke to all of us. Every single person deserves to be safe and live free from discrimination and cruelty, period. And transgender people need to hear from every one of us that you are loved, respected, and deserving of equality under the law. Know that you have my support, and I'm on your side."

In Love's video, the woman who unleashed the verbal tirade toward her can be seen getting up from her seat and appearing to slap the cellphone out of Love's hand before the video cuts off.

A spokesman for the New York Police Department told ABC News on Tuesday that no formal complaints have been filed with police, though the department is aware of the video and has forwarded it to its Transit Bureau for review.

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ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Hillary Clinton’s top aide, Huma Abedin, and other associates have now been interviewed by the FBI as part of the agency’s inquiry into the former secretary of state’s use of a private email server, sources told ABC News Thursday.

A source familiar with the probe described the development as a routine part of the review, saying so far no indication of criminal wrongdoing has been found. No date has yet been set for a possible interview of Clinton herself, the source said.

Two weeks ago, FBI Director James Comey said there is no timetable for completing the Clinton-related investigation.

“I get that people care about this investigation, and so we're working very hard to ensure it's done well and promptly,” Comey said at an Aspen Security Forum in London.

Amid questions over the security of the server, sources have told ABC News that authorities have found no evidence suggesting the private server was hacked or otherwise breached.

In a statement to ABC News, Brian Fallon, a spokesman for Clinton’s presidential campaign said: "From the start, Hillary Clinton has offered to answer any questions that would help the Justice Department complete its review, and we hope and expect that anyone else who is asked would do the same. We are confident the review will conclude that nothing inappropriate took place."

The latest developments were first reported by CNN.

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ABC News(CHARLESTON, W. Va.) -- Before Donald Trump came out to stage at the Charleston Civic Center, it was clear where the crowd’s support was going. Chants of “We want Trump!” rang through the audience.

“TRUMP DIGS COAL,” signs were scattered through Charleston Civic Center Thursday evening.

One day after becoming the presumptive Republican nominee, Trump made his first campaign stop in the Mountain State, with a targeted message geared towards miners and the coal industry.

“I am thinking about the miners all over this country. We’re going to put the miners back to work,” Trump said, calling on the miners who were in the crowd of thousands to stand up. “We are going to get those mines open. Oh, coal country. What they have done.”

His all but official pivot to the general election was apparent in the crowd, who greeted the real-estate mogul with ecstatic cheers and the West Virginia-rooted John Denver song, “Take Me Home, Country Roads."

Trump has long promised to become more “presidential” but tonight, this was the same Trump as always.

He delivered his usual message about trade and China, promising to build the wall. The New York businessman also addressed his Democratic rival, hitting her for past comments vowing to put the coal industry out of business.

“She said 'I'm going to put the miners and the mines out of business.' And then she comes over and she tried to explain her statement. That is a tough one to explain. Wouldn’t you say?” he asked.

It was a preview of the general election battle that is soon to come, one that will surely be rife with attacks, both personal and professional. But, for some voters, they were just happy that a contentious primary season had come to an end; happy their candidate made it to the finish line.

Phillip Baisden, 45, of Huttonsville, West Virginia was laid off from a coal-industry job, which he blames on “Democratic President Obama.” Baisden, along with his wife and five children, believe and hope Trump will bring jobs back to his state.

Baisden, decked out in Trump paraphernalia was overjoyed, but admits he didn’t believe Trump had a fighting chance when he announced his run for the White House in June.

“When he first publicly announced that he was going to run for president, it was interesting, but I didn't think he had a chance,” Baisden told ABC News. “I really thought there was no way.”

Bob Goines, 63, of Logan, West Virginia, worked in the West Virginia coal mines for 32 years before retiring. He and his sister waited for three hours in the rain to see the man who Goines says he has supported for six months now. He, too, admits he’s surprised Trump has made it this far.

“I am totally shocked because when this first started and there were 17 candidates out there I told my wife there was no way in Hades that Trump would ever get this far,” Goines remembered. “It is just shocking for me to be here. This is witnessing history because he’s done something no one has ever done before.

Meanwhile, Rob Simmons, a veteran said that he always knew the businessman would prevail.

“Watch his face watch his expressions, he’s got the expressions of a man that is secure in what he says and does. He is a man that wants the truth said about this government, this country,” Simmons said, a smile brightening his face.

Simmons praised the businessman for being self-funded, a once core tenant of Trump’s campaign. But, Thursday evening, Trump told the crowd that he would accept donations for his general election campaign.

Nonetheless, many supporters aren’t swayed, praising the candidate's “character” and “honesty,” admiring the fact that their next president has no “hidden agenda” and won’t be beholden to his donors.

“Trump is an honest good man, he really is,” said Carrie Simmons of Wheeling, West Virginia. “His character is a lot deeper in loving people, loving America and giving us, the American people the freedom to be the people that we need to be.”

Wheeling says there is no doubt Trump will be the next president.

“I think he’s a winner, he knows how to win, and he’s winning and I think he’s going to win it,” Wheeling said before Trump took the stage.

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ABC News(LOS ANGELES) -- To date, Hillary Clinton and her campaign have been very cautious about saying Bernie Sanders should drop out of the primary race. But remarks the Democratic presidential front-runner made Thursday suggest she does think her opponent has passed his sell-by date.

While speaking at the California African American Museum in Los Angeles Thursday morning, Clinton appeared to come just shy of flat-out telling the Vermont senator -- who has vowed to stay in the race through the convention in July -- it’s time for him to bow out. (If not that, though, she at the very least made the argument for why she believes he should strongly consider it.)

“I am three million plus votes ahead of Sen. Sanders, right? I am nearly 300 pledged delegates ahead of Sen. Sanders. When I was running against then-Sen. Obama, he and I were neck and neck in the popular vote. Depending on how you counted it, I was a little ahead or he was a little ahead. He was about 60 or so pledged delegates ahead. A much, much smaller margin than what we see in this race," Clinton told a group of black community leaders Thursday morning, just one day after it became clear Donald Trump will be the likely Republican presidential nominee.

"But I knew that he had won,” she continued, “Because it matters how many delegates you have, whether it’s 60 or 300, right?”

Eight years ago, Clinton dropped out of the primary race on June 7, 2008, when, according to delegate counts at the time by several major news organizations, Obama was ahead of Clinton by roughly 124 pledged delegates. The two contenders were, as Clinton said Thursday, neck and neck in the popular vote, according to a Real Clear Politics count that showed Obama at 48.1 percent and Clinton at 48 percent.

Fast forward to today. According to ABC News’ delegates estimate, Clinton is currently ahead of Sanders by 321 pledged delegates: 1,683 to 1,362. (This is not counting Clinton’s enormous lead in superdelegates.) She is also ahead in the popular vote by more than three million votes, according to a count by Real Clear Politics; however, that number does not include all caucus states, many of which Sanders has won.

The fact is, in 2008 Clinton did not drop out of the race until after the final Democratic primaries were held in early June. But at this point in the race, in early May, she was facing similar pressure to concede.

Clinton’s decision to stay in the race for as long as she did then has made it tricky for her to call on Sanders to drop out now.

Earlier this week, Clinton said in an interview on MSNBC that Sanders “has every right to finish out this primary season.” And last month, she told reporters when asked if she understands why her opponent would want to stay in the race, "It’s up to everyone to decide how long they stay in and if we go to the end ... just as I did in ’08.”

Her comments Thursday, however, were some of the farthest she’s gone in suggesting her opponent should consider dropping out.

"I withdrew, I endorsed [Obama], I campaigned with him, I nominated him at the convention, I went to the floor of the convention and moved that he be nominated by acclamation. Because I knew this: That whatever differences we might’ve had in the campaign, they were nothing compared to the difference between us and the Republicans,” she said, making an argument about party unity. “Now if that was true in ’08, that is true on steroids today, right?”

Clinton is setting her sights on the general election by planning travel to battleground states, where her campaign is already staffing up, and focusing on ways to take down Trump.

Sanders, meanwhile, is powering on. He plans to campaign in California and has said to expect a contested convention in July.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Donald Trump's likely presidential nomination could have a trickle-down effect for other political races this cycle.

The impact of likely having Trump at the top of the ballot come November is already being used as a weapon in some races, and apparently has at least one senior Republican concerned about his re-election.

"Some Republicans will come back to the fold, hold their noses, and vote, but many won't," said James Campbell, a professor of political science at the University at Buffalo.

"I suspect that there will be a good number who will go to the polls and just skip the presidential contest, but there will be many who will just sit out the election completely and this will hurt every Republican candidate," he added.

According to a recording from a private fundraiser that was held in April and obtained by ABC News, Arizona Sen. John McCain expressed concerns about how if Trump is selected as the Republican nominee, that could cause him problems in his re-election campaign.

"If there is a Donald Trump at the top of the ticket, and you’re in Arizona with over 30 percent of the vote being Hispanic vote, I have no doubt that this may be the race of my life," McCain says in the recording.

"The first wedge that Donald Trump had that gave him a rise was build a wall, rapist, murderers, etc. And ... if you listen to or watch Hispanic media in the state or the country, you will see that it is all anti-Trump. The Hispanic community is roused and angry in a way that I have never seen," McCain says.

McCain’s campaign spokesperson would not comment on the audio but did point out that he has campaigned hard every time he’s up for re-election.

Trump's words are also being used against Arkansas Sen. John Boozman, who is up for re-election.

He is being challenged by former U.S. Attorney Conner Eldridge, who released an ad that features some statements Trump has made about women and then goes on to call Boozman an "enabler" of harassment since he endorsed the real estate mogul.

"I do think it's fair because when he says 'I'll support Donald Trump' without any other comments, he is enabling and ... implicitly endorsing those comments," Eldridge told ABC News. Boozman did not immediately respond to ABC News' request for comment.

Campbell thinks that these two instances are the first of many. "For Republicans, a long national nightmare still has a long way to go," Campbell told ABC News.

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ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- After House Speaker Paul Ryan walked back from his previous pledge that he would support the eventual Republican presidential nominee, Donald Trump is taking on the Wisconsin Republican with a pointed statement of his own.

"I hope to support our nominee, I hope to support his candidacy going forward," Ryan said in an interview with CNN's Jake Tapper on Thursday afternoon. "I'm just not ready to do that at this point. I'm not there right now."

A short time later, the presumptive Republican nominee responded with his own dig at the most powerful elected Republican in the country.

"I am not ready to support Speaker Ryan's agenda," Trump wrote in a statement. "Perhaps in the future we can work together and come to an agreement about what is best for the American people. They have been treated so badly for so long that it is about time for politicians to put them first!"

Ryan had repeatedly pledged to support the Republican nominee, telling reporters on March 1 that "my plan is to support the nominee."

But Ryan said Thursday that Trump needs to unite conservatives around shared values and principles before he can back the real estate mogul.

"I think he needs to do more to unify this party," Ryan said. "At this point, I'm just not ready to jump in."

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