(TargetLiberty.org) – Republican House Majority Leader Steve Scalise, who was nominated for the Speaker’s race but did not receive enough votes, stated that he was going to be dropping out of the race. The decision was announced on Thursday evening during a House Republican closed-door meeting.
Following the decision, Scalise announced his withdrawal during a press conference and called for the GOP to unite in placing the country above the political agendas of different members. As he pointed out over the last few weeks it has become clear that their conferences still had work that needed to get done. He added that the conference needed to come together rather than having certain members who were putting their agendas above everything else.
Scalise also pointed out that he was clear in that he believed that everyone needed to put aside their political agendas and instead focus on the needs of the United States. He added that this was something that the country depended on.
He also noted that the House needed to open back up and in order to do that they would need to vote on a Speaker. However, as he pointed out not everyone was there yet with that idea and there were still issues that would need to be resolved. Scalise argued that a new Speaker needed to be quickly elected but avoided endorsing any candidate in the race. As he said he did not have a deal with anyone despite what some people might claim. However, the one thing he did say about the next Speaker is that it would need to be someone who placed the country’s interests above his personal interests.
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