Ryan OK’s House Speaker Bid if GOP Unites
He could be talked into it. Paul Ryan, the 2012 Republican vice presidential nominee and party intellectual stalwart says he’s willing to become the next Speaker of the House but only if all of the GOP factions unite behind his candidacy and publicly endorse him. The party has been struggling to find a consensus candidate since Kevin McCarthy dropped out of the race. Despite his bonafides, some members of the House Freedom Caucus and Republican Study Committee have privately questioned his conservative convictions. Ryan’s spokesman said he’s giving the conference until Friday to decide on an endorsement.