Who are the likely contenders to replace US House speaker Paul Ryan?

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan speaks to the media on Capitol Hill in Washington U.S

"You all know that I did not seek this job".

"You realize something when you take this job", the Wisconsin Republican told reporters.

"He is well aware what some may say but also quite sure no battleground district or race will be decided based on his decision", the source said.

Dave Ormson, who has lived in Janesville for 30 years, said he's anxious to see who will replace Ryan.

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

The announcement dismayed some Republicans already concerned about their prospects with US voters in November.

" I'Id broken each record which any (home) speaker has had about equality", Ryan explained around the afternoon of his retirement announcement and a afternoon after Politico reported he had raised £11.1 million at the very first quarter of 2018, bringing his total to this past year's election cycle into £ 54 million.

Ryan's decision was timely.

"I'm looking for a conservative choice who is ardent in their pro-life beliefs like Speaker Ryan has been, who wants to focus on the big issues of the day like reforms to mandatory spending to drive down the national debt rather than continuing to see it rise", he said.

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Also on Wednesday: President Trump tells Russian Federation to "get ready" for a Syria strike, while a new report finds his lawyer's Federal Bureau of Investigation raid had ties to Trump's Access Hollywood tape.

When Todd asked if Trump tried to talk Ryan out of retiring, Ryan repeated that the president was "disappointed".

Ryan said during a news conference last week that he would serve out his term and retire from Congress in January.

Ryan (R-Wis.) revealed Wednesday he will not seek re-election.

"What it shows you is that we have an intact leadership team that supports each other, that's all heading in the right direction".

Miller believes the amount of stress Ryan has been under may have led to his decision to leave Congress.

Republican strategist Steve Schmidt wrote in a tweet that "Paul Ryan's monument will be the putrid and smoldering ruins of the Republican Party and conservative movement that he betrayed with his complicity and cowardice".

"Stay tuned for more retirements as Republicans increasingly realise that their midterm prospects are doomed", the committee said. Some - I am included here - maintain that his alleged "tax reform" was just a massive tax cut to the rich, giving numerous rest of us simply scraps off their affluent, financial table.

But Ryan's dramatic departure - barely two years after his party, on the brink of an internal civil war, turned to him as a popular unifier between the feuding factions of conservatives, moderates, libertarians, and populist-nationalists - fits a larger pattern.

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