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Dem rep Tim Ryan: 'I have not ruled out' bid for Speaker

Dem rep Tim Ryan: 'I have not ruled out' bid for Speaker
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Rep. Tim RyanTimothy (Tim) John RyanSenior Dem says Pelosi will be Speaker for as long as she wants House Dems punt action on rule change for Speaker nominee Hoyer questions feasibility of new threshold for Speaker nomination MORE (D-Ohio) on Monday said he has “not closed the door” on running for Speaker of the House.

Ryan told MSNBC’s Hallie Jackson that Rep. Joseph Crowley's (D-N.Y.) primary loss in June against up-and-coming star Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez prompted him to consider running for Speaker.

“We’re going to have these conversations, I think, after the election,” he said.

Democrats are hoping to flip 23 seats in midterm elections in November to retake the House from Republicans. House Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanPelosi, Schumer: Trump 'desperate' to put focus on immigration, not health care Trump urges Dems to help craft new immigration laws: ‘Chuck & Nancy, call me!' Sanders, Harris set to criss-cross Iowa MORE (R-Wis.) has announced his retirement and said he will not seek reelection this year.

Ryan had said last month that Democrats needed to re-evaluate the future of the party's leadership following Crowley’s primary.

As the No. 4 House Democrat, Crowley had been seen as a possible successor to Rep. Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiPelosi heckled by Miami Republicans, Proud Boys at campaign event Pelosi, Schumer: Trump 'desperate' to put focus on immigration, not health care Trump urges Dems to help craft new immigration laws: ‘Chuck & Nancy, call me!' MORE (D-Calif.), who has served as Democratic leader in the House for more than a decade.

“The Crowley race changed a lot for a lot of us,” Ryan told Politico in an interview last month. “There was a lot of assumption that he was going to be moving forward in leadership, and so losing that election put everybody in a state of mind to reevaluate what was happening.”

Ryan also told Politico at the time that several colleagues had approached him about mounting a challenge to Pelosi, but he added that he “wouldn’t get in unless I thought I could win.”

Ryan, who has served in the House since 2003, ran for minority leader in 2016, garnering about a third of the caucus’s votes. He is among a number of Democrats who have called for new leadership in the party to replace Pelosi.

On the Republican side, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyMaxine Waters gets company in new GOP line of attack The Hill's Morning Report — Presented by the Coalition for Affordable Prescription Drugs — GOP faces ‘green wave’ in final stretch to the midterms Conservatives fear Trump will cut immigration deal MORE (R-Calif.) and Rep. Jim JordanJames (Jim) Daniel JordanNellie Ohr exercises spousal privilege in meeting with House panels Meadows calls on Rosenstein to resign 'immediately' Republicans should prepare for Nancy Pelosi to wield the gavel MORE (R-Ohio) have each announced their intentions to run for Speaker.