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House Freedom Caucus Explains Why They Support Ryan for House Speaker

House Freedom Caucus Explains Why They Support Ryan for House Speaker

By Kate Scanlon for The Daily Signal

On Sunday, two members of the House Freedom Caucus explained the group’s majority support for Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., to become the next House speaker.

The Daily Signal previously reported that the Freedom Caucus lacked the number of votes required to formally endorse Ryan for speaker, but a supermajority of its members have granted him their support.

On Fox News Sunday, host Chris Wallace asked Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, “You were going to demand all kinds of assurances from Ryan about changing House rules, almost none of which you got, so I guess the question is, why are you supporting Paul Ryan?”

“We do have a commitment from Paul to work on changing the rules, and we may get some of those changed before the vote this coming Wednesday and Thursday,” Jordan said. “So we think that’s a good step.”

Jordan said that Ryan “has the kind of vision and is the kind of messenger that our party needs to accomplish the things we told the voters we’re going to accomplish.”

“He didn’t quite get the endorsement threshold that he needed from our group, but our members said, a super-majority of our members said, we think Paul Ryan is the right guy at the right time to lead our conference,” Jordan said.

Wallace asked Jordan if the group will retaliate against Ryan if he is “insufficiently hard-line.”

“We’re going to work with him, and we think we can come together as a group,” Jordan replied.  

Jordan said that Ryan has a “big, bold agenda and vision” that he’s looking forward to passing in the House and sending to the Senate.

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