Paul Ryan announces his candidacy for House Speaker

Republican Paul Ryan officially declares his candidacy for speaker of US House of Representatives

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Rep. Paul Ryan leaves a meeting in which he announced that he will be running to be the next house speaker in Washington October 22, 2015

Republican Representative Paul Ryan formally announced that he is running for the Speaker of the US House of Representatives position on Thursday, after he got essential support from Republican factions.

Earlier this week, Ryan stated that he was eager to take former House Speaker John Boehner’s place, if he got support from all of the United States Republican Party (GOP) factions.

By Thursday afternoon, he gathered the needed backing from conservative and moderate Republican groups.

He wrote in a letter to his GOP colleagues that "I believe we are ready to move forward as a one, united team. And I am ready and eager to be our speaker."

"Instead of rising to the occasion, Washington is falling short including the House of Representatives. We are not solving the country's problems, we are only adding to them," he wrote. It is time, he said, "to start with a clean slate, and to rebuild what has been lost."

Last month, House Speaker John Boehner said that he would step down, initially House Majority Leader, Kevin McCarthy was seen as a preferred candidate for the position, but suddenly he pulled back from the race. Upon his withdrawal, Republican leaders and rank-and-file House members asked Ryan to be a candidate.

Not having support from Boehner made Ryan doubtful, but he changed his mind on Thursday and said "I never thought I’d be speaker. But I pledged to you that if I could be a unifying figure, then I would serve and go all in."

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