Paul Ryan Rejects Giving Up Speaker Post Before January – Wall Street Journal


WASHINGTON—Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan went on the defensive Thursday, vigorously rejecting any suggestion that he should step down as speaker before his stated intention to do so in January.

One day after announcing his decision not to run for re-election, Mr. Ryan pushed back against some skepticism among GOP lawmakers and aides that he would be able to remain in his post until early next year. Some worry that would prevent House Republicans from unifying around their next leader heading into a difficult midterm election…