Outgoing House Speaker John Boehner has reportedly been vocal regarding who he believes is best suited to replace him in the wake of front-runner Kevin McCarthy’s unexpected withdrawal from the race.
Sr. House official confirms @costareports report that Boehner is personally lobbying Ryan to run. Gowdy also urging Ryan to reconsider.
— Guy Benson (@guypbenson) October 8, 2015
Despite conservative firebrand Trey Gowdy’s endorsement, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., is not attracting confidence from many right-wing Republicans who believe he is too much like the widely unpopular Boehner.
Whoever Boehner is for speaker WE THE PEOPLE must be against. RINO Paul Ryan needs to retire too! Making our kids debt slaves! — ARC4Freedom (@ARC4Freedom) October 9, 2015
The only way Paul Ryan would be different than Boehner? He’s not orange. http://t.co/57afWrsmoV
— TCUnderground (@TCUDispatches) October 9, 2015
Many in the party, however, see the 2012 vice presidential candidate as the uniter a fractured GOP needs.
Should he decide to reluctantly throw his hat in the ring, Ryan will square off against the two confirmed candidates remaining in the race after McCarthy’s departure.
One of the hopefuls, Florida Rep. Daniel Webster, has received the support of the conservative House Freedom Caucus and has expressed a desire to stay in the race.
Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, on the other hand, explained that he would concede his speaker bid should Ryan decide to run.
As it stands, his office released a statement Friday expressing thanks for the support he has received while making it clear that he “is still not running for Speaker.”
According to California Rep. Darrell Issa, Ryan will consider the proposal over the weekend and provide his answer Monday. Issa seems to believe that the Wisconsin congressman will heed the call to serve.
“Paul Ryan answered the call when he was called by Mitt Romney to consider being vice president,” he said, “and I believe he’s going home this weekend to soul search with his family about whether or not he can in fact accept this job — a job he doesn’t want, he isn’t seeking, but is seeking him.”
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