Boehner, Cantor dismiss rumors of Ryan exit

Boehner, Cantor dismiss rumors of Ryan exit
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Former Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerCoronavirus poses risks for Trump in 2020 Lobbying world Pelosi-Trump relationship takes turn for the terrible MORE (R-Ohio) and former House Majority Leader Eric CantorEric Ivan CantorThe Democrats' strategy conundrum: a 'movement' or a coalition? The biggest political upsets of the decade Bottom Line MORE (R-Va.) are dismissing the idea that Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanPaul Ryan says he disagrees with Romney's impeachment vote Trump doubles down on Neil Cavuto attacks: 'Will he get the same treatment as' Shep Smith? Trump lashes out at Fox News coverage: 'I won every one of my debates' MORE (R-Wis.) will step down from his post.

“The idea that he’s going to walk out of there in the middle of the fight is ludicrous,” BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerCoronavirus poses risks for Trump in 2020 Lobbying world Pelosi-Trump relationship takes turn for the terrible MORE told The Washington Post.

Cantor said the notion that Ryan would “abdicate and leave is preposterous.”

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Speculation about Ryan’s future has stepped up since a GOP lawmaker in Nevada publicly referred to rumors that he could exit the House.

“The rumor mill is Paul Ryan is getting ready to resign in the next 30 to 60 days and that Steve ScaliseStephen (Steve) Joseph ScaliseScalise after Democrat asks for examples of Sanders supporters 'being bad': 'I can think of an example' Bottom line Pelosi's staff huddles with aides in both parties on 'surprise' medical billing MORE will be the new speaker," Nevada GOP Rep. Mark AmodeiMark Eugene AmodeiOn The Trail: Democrats plan to hammer Trump on Social Security, Medicare Billboards calling on House Republicans to 'do their job' follow members home for Thanksgiving Trump's defenders are running out of options MORE said on “Nevada Newsmakers.”

Ryan’s office denied the comments.

“The speaker is not resigning,” Ryan spokeswoman AshLee Strong said in a statement Monday.

Republicans are in a fight to keep their majority this fall. Democrats need to win 24 seats to regain the majority. Given the number of GOP seats that are considered leaning toward Democrats or toss-ups, it’s possible Democrats will get there.

If Democrats do win the House, it would not be surprising for Ryan to step down. If Republicans hold on to the House, some think Ryan could still leave rather than face a potentially difficult vote for the Speakership.

Boehner faced the same problems during his Speakership, and rumors about his pending retirement trailed him until he announced he would leave the House in September 2015 — not long after a visit to Congress by Pope Francis.