Ryan huddles with conservatives

Ryan huddles with conservatives
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Rep. Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanPelosi and Trump go a full year without speaking Jordan vows to back McCarthy as leader even if House loses more GOP seats Barrett declines to say if Trump can pardon himself MORE met with members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus on Tuesday evening, a sign the Wisconsin Republican is seriously considering running for Speaker.

Ryan spokesman Brendan Buck confirmed the meeting, and said the Freedom Caucus requested it.


“He’s always willing to talk with his colleagues,” Buck said in an email.

The meeting took place before an evening vote series and a special closed-door meeting of all House Republicans set for 7 p.m.

Ryan spent last week’s Columbus Day recess weighing the pros and cons of a bid for Speaker. But his allies say he won’t run if the Freedom group — a bloc of roughly 40 conservative hard-liners — place certain conditions on his candidacy, including a list of procedural and rules reforms they want to see implemented.

Freedom Caucus co-founders Reps. Mark Meadows(N.C), Mick Mulvaney (N.C.), Jim Jordan (Ohio), Raul Labrador (Idaho) and Justin Amash (Mich.) met with Ryan in his Longworth office before the full caucus gathered.

Meadows said no specific proposals were presented to Ryan and he gave no indication to the group that he was running.

"We've been consistent. It's not as much about the who as the what. It's all process driven," he said.

"Chairman Ryan is a very capable individual and certainly has great conservative credentials, so it's really more about the process than about the person.

The Freedom Caucus, led by Jordan, its chairman, played a big role in pressuring Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerPelosi and Trump go a full year without speaking Jordan vows to back McCarthy as leader even if House loses more GOP seats On The Trail: How Trump lost the law and order debate MORE (R-Ohio) to leave office early and forcing House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) to abandon his bid for the top post.

Boehner plans to resign from office on Oct. 30, though he’s indicated he’ll stay on longer if his GOP conference can’t settle on a successor.

Meadows said caucus members are looking to make sure "we have great unity within the GOP."

"Both moderates and conservatives alike want to see a different way that business is done in Washington, D.C." he said.

This story was updated at 6:36 p.m.