Paul Ryan said he would run for Speaker of the House if his conditions were met. Ryan said he would make a final decision by the end of the week.
Ryan told in a House Republican conference Tuesday evening that he would seek the top spot in the House of Representatives only if he received the endorsement of the three largest GOP groups—the Freedom Caucus, the Republican Study Committee, and the Tuesday Group. The former vice-presidential nominee’s move puts the onus especially on the conservative Freedom Caucus, which has been a thorn in the side of House leadership, and said he would make his decision by Friday.
“Congressman Ryan has said he’s willing to serve if he can be the choice of all three wings of the Republican Party,” Rep. Darrell Issa told the press outside the closed-door meeting. Applause could be heard outside the room when Ryan indicated his willingness to run for speaker.