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Paul Ryan says Roy Moore "should step aside"

CBS News logo CBS News 11/14/2017 Rebecca Shabad
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan speaks during a press conference at the U.S. Capitol on Sept. 7, 2017, in Washington, D.C. Ryan and fellow Republicans were caught off guard by President Donald Trump's decision to make a deal with Congressional Democrats to raise the debt ceiling. © Getty speaker of the house paul ryan

Speaker Paul Ryan said Tuesday that GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore should drop out of the special election race in Alabama. 

"He should step aside," the Wisconsin Republican said at a press conference with House GOP leaders when asked about Moore, who faces allegations of sexual assault and sexual misconduct involving women who were 14 years old and 16 years old at the time. 

Ryan said that the allegations "are credible." 

Watch: Fifth woman accuses Roy Moore of sexual misconduct

"If he cares about the values and the people who claims to care about, then he should step aside," he said. 

A growing number of GOP senators have withdrawn support for Moore, who has remained defiant amid the accusations and has denied the charges. 

Separately, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-California, announced that the House will vote Thursday on the House GOP tax bill.

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