He might be the best unifier of the Republican factions, though the challenge is daunting even for him. Because of his commitment to serve – a sense of duty – he went from “not at all” to “considering it” when asked by many to run for the House Speakership. Though he would have to broker deals with the conservative factions in the House, he certainly has enough common ground with them to make his election workable.
1. Paul Ryan considers House Speakership
2. He’s “Praying on it”
Via cnn.com Rep. Paul Ryan is telling House Republicans privately he is considering running for speaker, several members say.
Ryan informed several members on the House floor of his deliberations, Rep. Chris Stewart, R-Utah, told CNN. Stewart added that he urged Ryan to run, with the Wisconsin Republican replaying that he was “thinking and praying on it.”
And addressing rumors that he might step down as majority leader, McCarthy told his fellow Republicans he plans to remain in the job, a source in the room said.
Deputy Majority Whip Tom Cole, R-Oklahoma, wants Ryan in the job.
“I think eventually Paul Ryan will get into this thing, I really do,” Cole said Friday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” “Paul’s got a strong sense of doing the right thing,” Cole said. “I’m just so confident he’ll make the right choice.”
Rep. Charlie Dent, a moderate and critic of the Freedom Caucus, said more needs to change than just the man or woman in the chair. “At the end of the day, it’s not who we put in that job,” Dent said on CNN. “If we don’t change the political dynamic, the next speaker will suffer the fate that John Boehner did.”
Friday morning, Rep. Jason Chaffetz, the Utah Republican whose candidacy helped draw people away from McCarthy, said he would drop out of the race if Ryan runs, a sign conservatives are willing to rally behind the Wisconsin Republican. “He’s certainly in my mind the most qualified person to do it and I hope he’ll do it,” Chaffetz said on MSNBC. Via cnn.com