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 RyanTrump quietly rolled back programs to detect, combat weapons of mass destruction: report Ocasio-Cortez top aide emerges as lightning rod amid Democratic feud Juan Williams: GOP in a panic over Mueller 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 BoehnerBoehner won't say whether he'd back Biden over Trump The Hill's Morning Report - Trump seizes House impeachment vote to rally GOP Amash's critics miss the fact that partisanship is the enemy of compromise MORE (R-Ohio).

Ryan first said he wouldn't run for Speaker after BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerBoehner won't say whether he'd back Biden over Trump The Hill's Morning Report - Trump seizes House impeachment vote to rally GOP Amash's critics miss the fact that partisanship is the enemy of compromise 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.