U.S. House of Representatives Republican Speaker Nominee Paul Ryan says the country is on the wrong track and that change is coming in the House. Rough Cut (no reporter narration)
House Speaker nominee Ryan: “Tomorrow we are turning the page”
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Paul Ryan was chosen by fellow Republicans on Wednesday as their nominee to be the next speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, with the party uniting around the former vice presidential candidate ahead of a tough vote on a budget deal.
The nomination puts Ryan on track to replace Speaker John Boehner, who is retiring, and it could boost a two-year budget deal meant to avert a government default that was set to reach the House floor later on Wednesday.
Ryan, who is from Wisconsin, won the party’s nod by a 200-43 vote, defeating Florida’s Representative Daniel Webster in a closed-door meeting of Republican House members in the Capitol.
The full House was expected to vote on Thursday for a new speaker, with Ryan expected to capture a majority and take over the top post in the chamber. That would place him second in line to the U.S. presidency after the vice president.
“This begins a new day in the House of Representatives. John Boehner served with humility and distinction, and we owe him a debt of gratitude. But tomorrow, we are turning the page. We are not going to have a House that looked like it looked the last few years. We are going to move forward. We are going to unify,” Ryan said.
Ryan, age 45, said he would back the budget deal in a final appeal to colleagues in which he also pledged not to run the House like a Roman emperor.