House Speaker Paul Ryan's Wisconsin Constituents React To His Retirement Announcement
MARY LOUISE KELLY, HOST:
And House Speaker Paul Ryan made some news today with this surprise.
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PAUL RYAN: This year will be my last one as a member of the House.
KELLY: The representative from southeastern Wisconsin says he wants to spend more time with his family.
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People back in Ryan's hometown, Janesville, Wis., have their own theories. Here's independent voter Don Eddy (ph).
DON EDDY: He knows that he's beat. I think that's why he's not running again - is because he knows he's up against a lot that he doesn't want to deal with anymore. And plus, he's tired of arguing with the rest of the Republican Party that are turning into a bunch of Trump supporters.
KELLY: Linda Fruwirth (ph) is a Republican in Ryan's district, and she says she's worried.
LINDA FRUWIRTH: I think he's - maybe it's a sign that the Republican Party should take a step back and look what has happened over - since the new administration took office. We've lost a lot of good people.
KELLY: Paul Ryan becomes the 39th Republican House member to either retire or seek another office.
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