Republican House Speaker to retire

Republican House Speaker to retire

A self-styled budget guru, Ryan had made tax cuts a centerpiece of his legislative agenda, and a personal cause, and Congress delivered on that late past year.

"My kids have only known me as a weekend dad and now they're teenagers", he told King.

"The truth is, it's easy for (the job) to take over everything in your life", Ryan said.

"He will serve out his full term, run through the tape, and then retire in January".

Ryan, 48, first announced his plans at a closed-door meeting of House Republicans Wednesday morning. Rep. Mark Walker, R-N.C., said an emotional Ryan "choked up a few times trying to get through" his remarks to colleagues and received three standing ovations.

"He will leave a legacy of achievement that nobody can question".

He also insisted that his departure would not affect the chances of other Republicans.

Another factor, Ryan said, was that he has gotten much of what he wanted done. "We're going to have a great record to run on".

House Speaker Paul Ryan's retirement stunner is the equivalent of the captain of a ship jumping overboard before it sinks. Friends of his told Axios that a run for president could be in the future.

Replacing him as the face of Medicare reform will be hard, he said.

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"Stay tuned for more retirements as Republicans increasingly realize that their midterm prospects are doomed", said Tyler Law, a spokesman for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

"This is going to be a challenging year", Pennsylvania Rep. Charlie Dent said.

Paul Ryan might want to take a critical eye to some of his recent photos. "Look, if we do our jobs, which we are, we're going to be fine as a majority".

The number two Republican, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, is a frontrunner for the speaker´s job should the party maintain its majority, but on Wednesday he divulged little about his plans.

"Does it create an uncertainty here?"

"At this point there has been zero consideration", Meadows said.

As the outgoing House Speaker spoke with CBS, King brought up the critics who wondered why Ryan rarely stood up to Trump over his various controversies, even when they were "personally offensive to you". Cohen did say he paid adult film star Stormy Daniels $130,000 not to discuss her claims of an affair with Trump. Ryan might eventually have met the same fate as his predecessor as speaker, John Boehner, who was forced out by his inability to control his party's conservatives. Ryan's period as speaker will have been among the shortest in the past century. In March, he was among the negotiators of a $1.3 trillion spending package that the president criticized but ultimately signed. To be a leader, minority or majority leader, you need about 110.

Ryan's announcement is certain to set off a major succession battle.

In Wednesday's interview, Ryan pushed back against criticism that he has forged a "devil's bargain" with Trump in order to advance his conservative agenda.

Tim Stowe, chairman of the Frederick County Republican Committee, and Bob Hess, chairman of the Winchester Republican Committee, said they don't put much stock in reports of a political "enthusiasm gap" between Democrats and Republicans, with Democrats perceived as being more organized and energized than Republicans since the election of Republican President Donald Trump in 2016.

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