Some Constituents Sad, Others Happy to See Ryan Retire

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During a Wednesday morning news conference, the 48-year-old father of three added that another reason he will retire after finishing his term in January is because he doesn't want to be an "only weekend dad" to his children.

House Speaker Paul Ryan's retirement stunner is the equivalent of the captain of a ship jumping overboard before it sinks. Throughout Gallup polls from 2012 to 2016, more Americans viewed him favorably than unfavorably.

Ryan has decided it is time to leave Congress, according to multiple reports.

"He has a history of winning his district quite easily, even in more hard years for Republican candidates but now with his retirement, it creates an open seat and open seats are always more competitive for the party that didn't hold it going into the election", Murray says. Republicans, who wouldn't dare challenge the speaker, can now give it a shot.

Ryan visited a private gathering of Republican leaders in Fort Wayne last May in part to thank Banks for voting in favor of a bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

"We all believe that Kevin is the right person", Ryan said in an interview for NBC's "Meet the Press" program that was released Friday. Around the same time, 86% of Democrats said they approved of the ACA. Ryan, D-13 OH, noted on Twitter that the speaker was the 43rd Republican to announce he was leaving Congress.

"Paul Ryan is an institution here in Janesville and also in the 1st Congressional District".

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Ryan, who has been in office since 1999 and speaker since 2015, said he wanted to spend more time with his family, and between the lines it might be interpreted as wanting to spend less time with the GOP cohort in Congress and the anticipated tidal wave of change in the House.

King tried to get Ryan to throw the president under the bus, asking him if "Trump fatigue" played a role in his decision to not run for reelection.

House Speaker Paul Ryan downplayed the need for a new Authorization for Use of Military Force for a military strike on Syria, repeating his longstanding position that he thinks President Donald Trump "has the authority under the existing AUMF" from 2001.

Between the obstinance of the knuckle-draggers in the so-called Freedom Caucus and the unpredictable, weird world of President Trump, it is easy to confuse Ryan as part of the problem. 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.

First, House Republicans will nearly certainly lose seats in the midterm elections; the only real question is how many.

"We certainly hope that Republicans will continue to remain in the House, particularly those that support the President's agenda", Sanders said.

That's also true elsewhere, and Republicans fear losing their House majority. I'm not from NY, we're from a different generation. The race to fill the seat will not be easy. "So we want to lay out a set of principles that any speaker has to follow", Virginia Representative Dave Brat, a Freedom Caucus member, said.