Chaffetz: I'd step aside for Ryan
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Rep. Jason ChaffetzJason ChaffetzCongress's latest hacking investigation should model its most recent Fox News Audio expands stable of podcasts by adding five new shows The myth of the conservative bestseller MORE (R-Utah) on Friday said he would drop out of the race for Speaker if Rep. Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanPaul Ryan researched narcissistic personality disorder after Trump win: book Paul Ryan says it's 'really clear' Biden won election: 'It was not rigged. It was not stolen' Democrats fret over Trump-district retirements ahead of midterms MORE (R-Wis.) decided to run.

House Republicans are pressuring Ryan, the 2012 vice presidential nominee, to run for Speakership after Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) abruptly dropped out on Thursday, leaving the party without a clear successor to John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerLobbying world A new kind of hero? Last week's emotional TV may be a sign GOP up in arms over Cheney, Kinzinger MORE (R-Ohio).


Many feel that Ryan is the only person who can unite the divided House GOP conference.

Chaffetz, who launched his Speaker bid last weekend, said he'd end his bid if Ryan heeds the call to enter the race.

"I'm a huge fan of Paul Ryan. I would support Paul Ryan," Chaffetz told reporters.

"Part of the reason I got into the race was because people like Paul Ryan weren't stepping up to do it," added Chaffetz, the House Oversight Committee chairman.

Lawmakers say Ryan is mulling over his options. He has previously said he wants to focus on his work as chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee.

Ryan might also want to run for president someday. Serving as the highest-ranking official in Congress, even for a short time, could make that more difficult.

But Rep. Daniel Webster (R-Fla.), the other declared candidate for Speaker, gave no indication Friday of whether he would drop out if Ryan entered the race.

“I’m going to run in this conference that we have until we get to that date,” Webster said.

Webster has the backing of the 30-to-40 member House Freedom Caucus. Members of that group maintained Friday they still plan to back Webster.

“Webster’s our candidate,” said Rep. Justin AmashJustin AmashDemocrats defend Afghan withdrawal amid Taliban advance Vietnam shadow hangs over Biden decision on Afghanistan Kamala Harris and our shameless politics MORE (R-Mich.), a Freedom Caucus co-founder.

— This story was updated at 11:36 a.m.