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Paul Ryan’s retirement A ‘self-promotion’ that makes sense

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"If I'm here one more term, my kids will only have ever known me as a weekend dad".

He continued: "But the truth is it's easy for it to take over everything in your life and you can't just let that happen". At issue is a resurgent move by conservative Republicans to rescind, or cut about $60 billion in non-defense domestic spending increases that were key to winning Democratic votes. No speaker has given up the gavel on his own terms since Democrat Tip O'Neill in 1987.

With midterm elections quickly approaching, Democrats rush to fill the majority in Congress.

"When you called President Trump, what'd he say?"

And at least some members and a leader of the Tea Party movement have publically and privately suggested they could add to the congressional ranks after November, giving them more power in leadership voting. I guess they can relate to Mr. Ryan's dilemma.

Ryan, from Janesville, Wisconsin, was first elected to Congress in 1998.

Another potential rival, Rep. Mark Meadows of North Carolina, a member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, demurred when asked if he'd pursue the speaker's job.

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His youthful appearance, commitment to physical fitness, and family portrait made him a poster boy for Midwestern values.

Ryan, who has had a hard relationship with Trump, thanked the president for giving him the chance to move the GOP ahead.

In 2012, Ryan, who then was chairman of the House Budget Committee, unveiled a plan with Sen.

The rise of Trump challenged him like nothing else. And Ryan now appears to be backing McCarthy.

"I've been working on tax reform since I got here", Ryan explained, as he named his accomplishments.

Ryan certainly has his detractors.

"This is going to demoralize the Republican base across the country", Neal said.

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Back in Wisconsin, the departure of Ryan means the GOP has a weaker grip on his seat.

After talking with Trump early Wednesday, Ryan, 48, first announced his plans at a private meeting of House Republicans.

Bryce's "Iron Stache" persona has earned the 53-year-old Army veteran and ironworker the support of national Democratic donors after a cheeky campaign launch in which he offered to trade jobs with Ryan.

But others say that is unlikely. Join us in a conversation about world events, the newsgathering process or whatever aspect of the news universe you find interesting or important.

House Majority Leader McCarthy, a Californian known to be tighter with Trump, is expected to again seek the top leadership post that slipped from his reach in 2015.

Both people spoke anonymously about the conversation because they weren't authorized to relay details of a politically sensitive but possibly critical exchange.

"And my kids aren't getting any younger".

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