Paul Ryan: I Am Running for Speaker Again

Capitol Hill

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan says he plans to run for another term as speaker and he wants Republicans to support Donald Trump on Election Day.

Radio show host Jerry Bader interviewed Ryan on Green Bay, Wisconsin’s WTAQ-AM. Bader read a story in the The Hill that fed into the narrative that the Wisconsin congressman may step away after the election:

Chatter is growing louder on Capitol Hill that Paul Ryan’s days as Speaker are numbered.

Four House Republicans, including a senior lawmaker close to leadership, told The Hill they expect Ryan to step down after Tuesday’s elections, arguing that he faces a daunting path to the 218 votes he needs to win a full two-year term leading the House GOP.

Bader then asked Ryan: “A simple question for you, can you say with 100 percent certainly you seek another term as speaker?”

Ryan, who was calling in from a bus tour of the Badger State, said to the host: “Yes, I can. This is the typical chatter you have every two years that they call ‘palace intrigue’ in the Hill rags. I am going to seek staying on as speaker.”

The speaker said he was proud of his Better Way agenda that he developed and now he was looking in the next session of Congress to executing the agenda. “There is a lot of unfinished work to do. I think I can do a lot to help our cause, our party.”

Ryan told Bader that for the next four days, he was going to be on a bus with Sen. Ron Johnson throughout the state and he is scheduled to rally Saturday with Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, the GOP nominee for vice president, in Mukwonago, Wisconsin.

Wisconsin is a battleground state.

“Just imagine the scandal baggage Hillary Clinton brings in–if she were to get elected-on top of the liberal-Obama agenda she wants to prosecute,” he said.

Ryan said it is too bad that young people do not remember what the Clinton’s put the country through in the 1990s.

“This is what life with the Clinton’s looks like–there is always a scandal around the corner–then, there is some kind of investigation–you never know what’s coming next,” he said

“They play the system to enrich themselves through what everyone calls: ‘Clinton Incorporated,'” he said.

“Let that be a case for voting for Trump-Pence-Johnson.”