Congressman Paul Ryan (R-WI) held a press conference, announcing that he will serve as speaker, as long as it will unify the party.
“We need to move from an opposition party to a proposition party,” Ryan stated. “If I can truly be a unifying figure, then I will gladly serve. If my colleagues entrust me with being the speaker, then I want us to be the solution.”
“I cannot and will not give up my family time,” Ryan exclaimed. “This is a job where you are expected to be on the road about a hundred days a year; our kids are 10, 12 and 13, and I’m not going to do that.”
This resulted in Congressman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) dropping out of the race and endorsing Ryan.
I am out and supporting @RepPaulRyan for Speaker. Right person at the right time.
— Jason Chaffetz (@jasoninthehouse) October 20, 2015
Congressman Daniel Webster (R-FL), who was endorsed by the The House Freedom Caucus, is remaining in the race.
“I’m running for speaker to transform a broken Congress based on the power of a few into a principle-based, member-driven Congress,” Webster released in a statement. “I look forward to continuing to share my vision of pushing down the pyramid of power and spreading out the base to allow each member to be successful.”
The Republican establishment has been pressuring Ryan to jump into the race for the speakership, and it appears that he has finally caved.