Ryan 'still not running' for Speaker

Ryan 'still not running' for Speaker
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House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Sanders set to shake up 2020 race McCabe: No one in 'Gang of Eight' objected to FBI probe into Trump Unscripted Trump keeps audience guessing in Rose Garden MORE (R-Wis.) is "still not running for Speaker," a spokesman said Friday.

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Brendan Buck said that "Chairman Ryan appreciates the support he's getting from his colleagues," but emphasized that the 2012 vice presidential nominee wouldn't seek to replace outgoing Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerCrowley, Shuster moving to K Street On unilateral executive action, Mitch McConnell was right — in 2014 Bill Clinton jokes no one would skip Dingell's funeral: 'Only time' we could get the last word MORE (R-Ohio).

Ryan first said he wouldn't run for Speaker after BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerCrowley, Shuster moving to K Street On unilateral executive action, Mitch McConnell was right — in 2014 Bill Clinton jokes no one would skip Dingell's funeral: 'Only time' we could get the last word MORE announced his resignation last month, and then reiterated he didn't want the job after Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) surprisingly backed out of the race.

But a host of GOP lawmakers have said that Ryan is the one House Republican who can unite their fractured conference, and it's unclear whether another statement will stop them from lobbying the Ways and Means chairman to take the Speaker's gavel.