OnPolitics Today: 'It's chaos': Democrats crow as Paul Ryan retires

House Paul Ryan speaks at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington U.S

In a morning presser, Ryan seemed anxious to remind reporters he did not seek the leadership position in the first place and that he was not running for re-election to Congress because another term would mean his kids would have only known him as a weekend dad. All is well. And a sitting speaker's decision to call it quits after less than three years in charge of the House chamber shouldn't be taken - at all - as a sign the GOP is facing an increasingly challenging election cycle.

The 48-year-old Wisconsin Republican only reluctantly assumed the House speakership in 2015 and never fully embraced Trump.

Honored to have Republican Congressional Leadership join me at the @WhiteHouse this evening.

Rep. Charlie Dent, R-Pa., who like Costello is also retiring after this term, said Ryan's decision might cause other Republicans to announce retirements.

Ryan's stature within the party, burnished by his 2012 vice presidential nomination and career-long commitment to tax cuts, has made him a prodigious fundraiser for other Republicans.

"Well, he has the authority under the existing AUMF", Ryan said Thursday, adding later, "With respect to the authorities, the existing AUMF. gives him the authority to do what he needs to do, what he may or may not do". Around the same time, 86% of Democrats said they approved of the ACA.

Ryan too had in the past accepted that he and US President Donald Trump were "very different people".

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Ryan, who announced Wednesday that he would retire in January, pointed to Utah Republican Rep. Mia Love, who he has mentored, as one example of that recruitment.

Dent also voiced concern that Ryan's departure will worsen internal party rivalries.

Last month, Democrat Conor Lamb won a special election in a Pennsylvania district so historically safe for Republicans that Democrats hadn't bothered to run a candidate in 2016 and 2014. "So, Republicans there have to walk a very careful line in order to win elections", Lindorff told Radio Sputnik, predicting that Scalise is more likely than McCarthy to be Ryan's successor.

Chuck Schumer, the top Democrat in the US Senate, praised Ryan as "a good man who is always true to his word". "Some say this President really doesn't want to expand the base". "We are with you Paul!"

"I believe he'll go down in history as the most pro-life speaker of the House we've ever had, which is important to me as well", Banks said. Ryan may have had photogenic biceps but it turns out he had no backbone and was easily pushed around by giant cheese puff Trump.

Bryce had raised a staggering amount of money for a House challenger, thanks in part to his national profile garnered from a viral introduction video and the fact that he is taking one of the most powerful Republicans. "Over the coming months, I will work with my colleagues to encourage other strong leaders to step forward to guide us through these hard times".

With the caucus deeply fractured - and conservatives certain to play a major role in deciding the next Republican leader - an intense competition will play out over who will become the party´s policy chief in the age of Trump.

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