Paul Ryan Could Be Next Speaker, But Hard-Liners Have A Big Decision To Mak

Paul Ryan Could Be Next Speaker, But Hard-Liners Have A Big Decision To Make

OCTOBER 21, 2015 6:03 AM ET
Rep. Paul Ryan, R- Wis., at a news conference following a meeting of House Republicans Tuesday night. Ryan says he will run for House speaker if the disparate GOP factions can get behind him.

Rep. Paul Ryan, R- Wis., at a news conference following a meeting of House Republicans Tuesday night. Ryan says he will run for House speaker if the disparate GOP factions can get behind him.

Andrew Harnik/AP

Paul Ryan made it all but official Tuesday night.

He told his fellow Republicans he had returned from a 10-day recess visit home to Wisconsin with a new attitude toward being Speaker of the House.

After weeks of being ostensibly uninterested and even hostile to the idea, Ryan had found a reason to seek the most powerful post in Congress and the second spot in the presidential succession (after vice president).

“I came to the conclusion that this is a very dire moment, not just for Congress, not just for the Republican Party, but for our country,” Ryan said. “I think our country is in desperate need of leadership.”

That was one of several lines Ryan delivered to waiting reporters after a late-evening, closed-door meeting with the Republican Conference. Here’s another:

“I have shown my colleagues what I think success looks like, what I think it takes to unify and lead, and how my family commitments come first. I have left this decision in their hands, and should they agree with these requests then I am happy, and I am willing to get to work.”

 

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