“She does not believe that I have these views,” the potential 2016 presidential candidate said, according to advance remarks from the interview. “She knows me well and she knows that I don’t have a racist bone in my body.”

Ryan added that Lee didn’t apologize to him but said he’s not mad at her.

“I’m a big boy,” Ryan said. “I understand that if you challenge the status quo, that if you get into these issues, sometimes you will be misinterpreted. But also I really believe that we have to have a real conversation about how to fix these things without throwing these charges at people.”