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Paul Ryan Will Run For Speaker Of The House If Every GOP Caucus Supports Him

The Huffington Post The Huffington Post 21/10/2015 Marina Fang
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WASHINGTON -- Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) told House Republican leaders Tuesday that he will enter the race for Speaker of the House if he gathers support from all wings of the party, despite previous insistence that he would not run.

During a meeting Tuesday evening, the House Ways and Means Committee chairman told members that he would run, under the condition that he ensures the support of every House GOP caucus. According to Ways and Means spokesman Brendan Buck, Ryan will make a formal decision by Friday, pending confirmation from House caucuses that they would back him.

"If he is not a unifying candidate for the conference, then he will not run and will be happy to continue to serving as chairman of the Ways and Mean committee," Buck said in a statement.

Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), who jumped in the speaker race earlier this month, said he would bow out and support Ryan: 

Ryan was reportedly urged to run by outgoing Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), after House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) suddenly pulled out of the race earlier this month. House Republicans then scrambled to find a suitable replacement.

Seen by many as the best candidate who could unite the party, Ryan soon emerged as a favorite, with both Boehner and McCarthy indicating that they would back him. Ryan also canceled scheduled fundraisers, fueling more rumors that he was mulling a speaker bid. However, he and his staff continued to insist that he was not interested in the job.

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