US Representative Paul Ryan to run for speaker if Republicans agree to his requests

Mr Paul Ryan speaking following a meeting of House Republicans at the US Capitol on Oct 20, 2015.
Mr Paul Ryan speaking following a meeting of House Republicans at the US Capitol on Oct 20, 2015.PHOTO: AFP

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - United States Representative Paul Ryan said on Tuesday (Oct 20) he would be happy to seek the speakership of the House of Representatives if his fellow Republicans agree to his requests for working together.

"What I told members is if you can agree to these requests and I can truly be a unifying member, then I will gladly serve,"the Wisconsin Republican told reporters after meeting with House Republicans.

Mr Ryan said he never wanted the top job in the House but had concluded the country was in "dire need" of leadership.

While considering the job "with reluctance" because of the consequences for his family, Mr Ryan added: "My greatest worry is the consequence of not stepping up."