Ryan says GOP needs more minorities and women

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan R-Wis. told Republican lawmakers Wednesday he will not run for re-election

"Maybe it's best to quit while you're ahead". "I really thought when I took this job, Jake, that this is probably the last elected office I would have".

"I like to think I've done my part", he said.

Ryan, best known for his failed vice presidential run and his workout regimen, insisted Trump had nothing to do with his decision, but it's more likely that Ryan just didn't want to dump on Trump on the way out the door.

Ryan on Sunday again stressed his focus on his family. Ryan was late in endorsing Donald Trump as the party's nominee in 2016, and his accommodation to Trump as president has been an uncomfortable one.

GREENE: You know, we've been talking a lot yesterday about the president's tweets about Syria and Russian Federation, taunting Russia about what Russian Federation might do if the USA ends up carrying out a military attack this morning. While Majority Whip Steve Scalise, of Louisiana, has said repeatedly he wouldn't challenge McCarthy in a head-to-head race, a leadership source told CNN earlier this week that Scalise's intention was to be ready if McCarthy couldn't garner the votes.

I think Ryan's departure might lead to more retirements among Republicans.

Paul Ryan is under no obligation to prove his moderate conservative bona fides to The New York Times. On Wednesday morning, he called the president and the vice president and informed the rest of his staff before going to the conference meeting, officials said.

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His reasons for leaving could be accepted at face value, while noting that many political experts believes that the actual reason he is leaving is because Democrats are expected to dominate congressional midterm elections in November.

On Ryan's pending retirement, Comstock said in a prepared statement that she has "been honored to know and work with Speaker Paul Ryan since our days as staffers on Capitol Hill through the Romney campaign to Congress".

"While he will not be seeking re-election, he will leave a legacy of achievement that nobody can question", Trump said in a tweet.

They held an average lead of about 7.8 points in the last 10 surveys posted on the website Real Clear Politics, while they held some kind of lead in every single one of the 61 surveys posted this year. Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy has the inside track to replace Ryan next year, and hopes to get the blessing of Trump.

Scalise didn't answer directly when asked if he's now supporting McCarthy.

"What I would hate to do, in this time when we have asymmetrical threats all across the world, particularly with ISIS, is to have an AUMF that short - that ties the hands of our military behind their backs".

Rep. Tyler August, speaker pro tempore of the state Assembly, announced today he will not run for the 1st Congressional District seat being vacated by Paul Ryan, and instead will run for re-election.

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