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Ryan Says He Will Seek House Speakership If He Wins Support Of GOP Factions

Janesville Republican Says He Will Serve If All Factions Share His Vision

Gage Skidmore

U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan has told House Republicans he will run for House speaker if he is the unity candidate of the divided party.

Ryan spoke to the House GOP behind closed doors on Tuesday and said if all factions can share his vision and he can get the endorsement of the major caucuses, then he will serve as speaker.

In a statement released by the Wisconsin congressman, Ryan said he then “will be all in.”

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The 45-year-old Ryan, under intense pressure to seek the post, gave his colleagues until Friday to express their support.

Ryan, who is from Janesville, was previously the Republican Party’s vice presidential candidate in 2012. He has served as chairman of the House Budget Committee since 2011