Paul Ryan is in will seek job of House Speaker

WASHINGTON (AP) — Rep. Paul Ryan on Thursday officially confirmed his application for speaker of the House after getting federal support from across the Republican conference.

“After talking with so many of you, and hearing your words of encouragement, I believe we are ready to move forward as a one, united team,” Ryan said in a letter to colleagues. “And I am prepared and eager to be our speaker.”

The Wisconsin lawmaker and onetime GOP vice presidential nominee will be all but guaranteed of getting success in elections next week.

Ryan sought unity from divided Republicans as a condition for his application. He is successful in getting support from three primary caucuses within the GOP, including the hardline Freedom Caucus that enforced the current speaker, John Boehner, to declare his resignation.

Ryan would inherit a House with chief fiscal and spending deadlines on the horizon. At 45, he would become one of the youngest House speakers in history.

In declaring his possible contention for the speaker’s job previous this week, Ryan had said he wanted support from all three groups to assure he would appear as a Concord contender for House Republicans — not risk becoming the newest victim of the intraparty unrest roiling Capitol Hill and the presidential campaign. The Freedom Caucus’ support fell short of a formal support since that would have required 80 percent agreement that the group was not able to achieve, but Ryan accepted it as an expose of harmony.

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