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Asked whether Ryan's relationship with President Donald Trump had anything to do with his decision to step down, Janna Ryan said it did not.

"I've been working on tax reform since I got here", Ryan explained, as he named his accomplishments. Some say this president really doesn't want to expand the base.

Also in December, Politico cited several unnamed sources who claimed Ryan has clearly stated that he "would like to serve through Election Day 2018 and retire ahead of the next Congress".

The report, which lists House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) or House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) as Ryan's potential replacement, said Republicans in the House fear an all-out internal war could hurt them as they face the 2018 midterms where they are already looking at an uphill battle to maintain their majority.

For many Republicans, Ryan has been "a steady force in contrast to the president's more mercurial tone", said Rep. Mark Sanford of SC.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who has worked with Ryan, praised his colleague's tenure. So Paul Ryan had to defend his party on national television. They may think they can run, but I doubt they can hide. Scalise has more appeal among the aforementioned Freedom Caucus wingnuts, but he's also seen as a loyal chain-of-command type, and has pledged not to mount a direct challenge to McCarthy.

In recent months, Ryan has generally been more frank about the tensions of his job in private.

Three years later, Ryan was pulled into the leadership job by the abrupt retirement of Speaker John Boehner.

"I have given this job everything I have", he said.

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"Despite our differences, I commend his steadfast commitment to our country", she said in a statement. "And we need more minorities, more women in our party", Ryan replied.

A top GOP fundraiser, Eric Tanenblatt, said he expects Ryan to remain a force in a tough cycle.

It's unlikely that the two sides will compromise on much legislation in an election year. As the philosopher Edmund Burke wrote: "The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing". "We don't resort to scaring you, we dare to inspire you".

Ryan announced his plans at a closed-door meeting of House Republicans Wednesday morning.

Meanwhile, Ryan's image held steady among Republicans, with two-thirds (66%) in April 2017 saying they had favorable views of him, unchanged from the previous November.

Ryan made a surprise announcement on Wednesday that he will not run for re-election and that he's leaving to spend more time with his teenage children. One Democratic opponent, ironworker Randy Bryce, already has raised $5 million, and Wisconsin Republicans are anxious that a national Democratic wave could sweep him to victory. Ryan had made tax cuts a centerpiece of his legislative agenda, and Congress delivered on that late past year. Both sought anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly.

Amodei was probably the most people in their own considerations, whilst others contested if Ryan might, like a lame-duck speaker, lead the chamber departure any meaningful laws - though a slight legislative agenda beforehand lets incumbents to concentrate more on re election as chief season warms up.

He was GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney's running mate in 2012.