House speaker Paul Ryan reportedly says he won't seek re-election

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Speaker Ryan, had he sought re-election, would have been asking for his constituents' votes and then perhaps resigning shortly after winning if the Republicans lost their majority status (as Newt Gingrich did in 1998 after losing a number of seats but keeping the majority, and Dennis Hastert did after losing the House in 2007).

Nehlen and Polce reacted to Ryan's announcement Wednesday. Even though he was Mitt Romney's running mate in 2012, his image of being a budget hawk has all but vanished into the darkness of the DC Swamp.

Ryan's decision was a political and personal calculation.

Gibson says he doesn't think Ryan did much to help people in low paying jobs. We are proud of Paul and the work he has achieved over the years. A few months back, [after attending] church, I went to Dunkin Donuts with my sister and we ran into Speaker Ryan there.

The bombshell was delivered by the speaker's counselor, Brendan Buck, who said Ryan would not seek re-election in November.

"He has a history of winning his district quite easily, even in more hard years for Republican candidates but now with his retirement, it creates an open seat and open seats are always more competitive for the party that didn't hold it going into the election", Murray says.

Ryan has left his stamp on how congressional Republicans look at Medicaid, the public health insurance program for the poor.

Other possible candidates include state Sen.

Western strikes in Syria
Western strikes in Syria

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said in a statement Ryan is an "avid advocate of his point of view".

In a brief statement, Pelosi didn't cite any specific issues she wants to tackle with the Republican she has opposed on almost every issue.

He is the 25th Republican lawmaker to announce his retirement this year.

He added of Mr. Trump, "Obviously we've had our differences and we've disagreed privately and publicly but I really do believe I've been doing things in the best interest of the country".

Reacting to Ryan's looming exit, Trump hailed him as a good man, who legacy will live on. At that time, almost half of Americans (46%) said they viewed the speaker unfavorably, up from 34% who said the same in November 2016. "He said Ryan is ready to devote more of his time to being a husband and a father". He has been a member of Congress for two decades, and his crowning achievement was holding the House together in December for the sweeping tax cuts.

Bryce had raised a staggering amount of money for a House challenger, thanks in part to his national profile garnered from a viral introduction video and the fact that he is taking one of the most powerful Republicans. On Wednesday morning, Ryan confirmed his plans not to run for re-election.

After 20 years in Congress, Ryan noted, he wants to spend more time with his wife and three teenage children. It will also fuel speculation that Ryan is eyeing a coming Democratic surge, fueled by opposition to President Donald Trump, that could wrest control of the House from Republicans' grip.

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