U.S. Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI) smiles at a news conference on Capitol Hill

Ryan to run for House Speaker if he can unify Republicans

U.S. Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI) smiles at a news conference on Capitol HillBy Susan Cornwell and Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A reluctant U.S. Representative Paul Ryan on Tuesday laid out a series of conditions under which he would seek to become speaker of the House of Representatives, saying he will only serve if fractious Republicans unite behind him to replace retiring Speaker John Boehner. Following a week of near-seclusion in his home state of Wisconsin during a congressional recess, Ryan, a former vice presidential candidate who is in his ninth term in the House, told his fellow Republicans that he might be willing to seek the top job. Many Republicans, who have the majority in the House, have been urging Ryan to run.

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