With House Speaker Ryan's exit, it's Trump's GOP now

Reports: Ryan to Retire From Congress

The 48-year-old Republican's announcement on Wednesday that he wouldn't seek re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives in November didn't come as a huge surprise.

"I'm grateful for the president to give us this chance to actually get this stuff done", Ryan told reporters Wednesday. "What I realized is if I serve for one more term my kids will only have known me as a weekend dad".

Myers said Ryan's decision to drop out shouldn't change the approach for her or Bryce, saying any replacement for Ryan "will just be Ryan-lite". "So I will be setting new priorities in my life".

Ryan's seat is among nearly 100 more Republican-held districts that have gained new attention since Democrat Conor Lamb won a special House election in western Pennsylvania last month, in a district Trump won by nearly 20 points. He said he was announcing his retirement now because to run for re-election and then retire would have been the dishonest thing to do.

"I've said this many times: The litmus test for being Republican these days is not about any given set of ideals or principles".

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It's tough enough to go from being the speaker to being a regular member of the House - if his colleagues decide to blame him for their losses, it will be downright humiliating. He will likely compete with House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, of Louisiana, for the job. Both men spoke at the private meeting Wednesday, delivering tributes to Ryan. And 38 House Republicans aren't searching for 2018 Reelection. Anyone who wants to blame Ryan for one thing or another can do so, but I think we will see Ryan nostalgia sooner than you think. "Not in fact, but probably in practicality".

Vice President Mike Pence and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, a California Republican, are teaming up - again - for another fundraising swing in California at the end of the month, according to a source familiar with the events.

The only declared Republicans so far are white supremacist Paul Nehlen, who was banned from Twitter earlier this year for a series of posts criticized as racist and anti-Semitic, and Nick Polce, an Army veteran who co-owns a security-consulting firm. "I've been here 20 years in Congress".

Over his two and a half year tenure, Ryan has vacillated between a leader with grandiose, seemingly concrete personal and political beliefs, and a politician lacking a backbone, the conviction to successfully craft and defend policy and the stomach to stand up to a president who has been anything but easy to work alongside. Ryan was former GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney's running mate in 2012.

While many candidates will likely emerge in the coming months, the biggest name now eyeing Ryan's seat is Paul Nehlen-a fringe political contender previously supported by Breitbart who openly endorses white supremacy. "His bigoted rhetoric and his reprehensible statements should disqualify him from holding any public office, and we are confident voters in Southern Wisconsin feel the same way".

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