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. And I am ready and eager to be our speaker. This is just the beginning of our work. There is a long road ahead. So let’s get started.
Ryan, NPR reminds us, had issued a statement not 20 minutes after House Majority Leader withdrew his bid to succeed John Boehner as Speaker, reading, “I will not be a candidate.” And yet, here we are.