Washington D.C. - WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressman Paul Ryan says he'll run for House speaker, but with conditions.
"If I can truly be a unifying figure, then I will gladly serve," he said. "And if I'm not unifying, then that is fine as well. I'll be happy to stay where I am at the ways and means committee."
The Wisconsin U.S. representative told fellow GOP lawmakers Tuesday night that he'll run for speaker if they embrace him by week's end as their consensus candidate. That includes GOP hardliners who chased out Speaker John Boehner and his No. 2, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy. Ryan says if his fellow Republicans can't express their support by Friday, he's happy to stay where he is.
"I can not and I will not give up my family time. I may not be on the road as much as previous speakers. But, I pledge to try and make up for it with more time communicating our vision, our message."