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Paul Ryan: 'I'm Not Stepping Down As House Speaker'

| by Lauren Briggs

Paul Ryan has dismissed reports that he will step down as House Speaker after the Nov. 8 election, saying that he fully intends to run for re-election.

The Wisconsin Republican shot down a report in which four anonymous sources told The Hill that Ryan would soon vacate the top legislative position. Ryan said the story was "not true" during an interview with WTAQ Radio, according to the Washington Examiner.

"This is the typical chatter you have every two years," Ryan told the Wisconsin radio station. "They call it palace intrigue in the Hill rags. I am going to seek staying on as speaker. There's a lot of unfinished work to do and I think I can do a lot to help our cause and our country. I've led us to offer a very comprehensive agenda to take to the country and I want to execute and implement that agenda."

Sources speculate that Ryan would struggle to win the top spot if the election goes as expected and brings in more Democrats to the House, significantly cutting into the Republican majority. Since Ryan needs to win re-election from the majority of the House, including Democrats, he will likely need a much higher percentage of GOP legislators to support him.

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Though he is putting most of his efforts toward campaigning for fellow conservative lawmakers, he said he will switch gears after the election and begin calling each Republican representative to ask for their support.

Ryan previously said he would no longer campaign for GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump after a recording of Trump making demeaning comments about women and talking about sexually harassing them leaked to the public. But after announcing that he had voted early for the GOP nominee, Ryan is now scheduled to campaign with vice presidential nominee Mike Pence in Wisconsin on Nov. 5, according to The Week.

Sources: Washington Examiner, The Week / Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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