Video: Ryan Gains Backing for Speaker


According to multiple media reports a major hurdle to getting Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) the job as the new Speaker of the House got a big final boost. The House Freedom Caucus stopped short of formally endorsing Rep.  Ryan for Speaker on Wednesday but said a “super-majority” of the group backs him, handing the Wisconsin Republican enough votes to win the top leadership post.

About two-thirds of the conservative group backs Ryan for the Speakership just shy of the 80 percent threshold needed for the caucus to issue a formal endorsement, said Rep. Raúl Labrador (R-Idaho), a co-founder and spokesman for the roughly 40-member bloc of conservatives.

Ryan, the 2012 GOP vice presidential nominee who has served for the past year in his dream job as Ways and Means Committee chairman, said he was grateful for the overwhelming support from the Freedom Caucus and signaled he was moving forward with his bid.

Earlier this week, Ryan said he wouldn’t launch a bid for Speaker unless he won endorsements from three major GOP caucuses: the HFC, Republican Study Committee (RSC) and the centrist Tuesday Group.

Outgoing Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) set an internal election to nominate his successor for Oct. 29, with a formal floor vote a day later. Boehner said he plans to resign from Congress in the middle of his third term as Speaker on Oct. 30 after the HFC threatened to force a vote to remove him from power.


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