• Newly Elected Speaker Paul Ryan Dodges Hug From Nancy Pelosi

    U.S. Representative Paul Ryan was elected the 62nd speaker of the House on Thursday morning.

    The Wisconsin Republican received the votes of 236 members by the full House of Representatives, more than the 218 needed to win on the first ballot.

    Ryan, who was the GOP nominee for vice president in 2012, nailed down crucial endorsements from Republican factions last week before he formally announced his candidacy for the job.

    Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), a former House Speaker, presented the gavel to Ryan Thursday.

    Pelosi attempted to hug Ryan after handing him the gavel, but  Ryan quickly extended his arm for a handshake instead.

    From Breitbart:

    The newly elected Speaker Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) may have called for bipartisanship in the House of Representatives, but his respect for the Democratic minority does not appear to include hugs.

    Ryan received the gavel from Pelosi after winning the majority of the votes for Speaker.

    After handing him the Speaker’s gavel, Pelosi reached up with her arm as if to embrace Ryan, but the Wisconsin representative appeared to ignore it in favor of a firm handshake.

    “Thank you Nancy,” Ryan said, after receiving the gavel.

    Giving power to the other party is never easy, but House Speaker Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) comforted Pelosi with a quick hug and even a gentlemanly kiss to her when he received the gavel in January.

    Ryan delivered a short speech after Pelosi passed him the gavel, declaring a new day in Congress.

    “Let’s be frank: The House is broken. We are not solving problems. We are adding to them,” he said. “And I am not interested in laying blame. We are not settling scores.”

    “We are wiping the slate clean.”

    Alicia Powe

    Staff Writer

    Alicia Powe is a staff writer for Daily Surge. She worked in the War Room of the Rudy Giuliani Presidential Committee and served as a White House Intern during the George W. Bush administration. Alicia has written for numerous outlets, including Human Events, Media Research Center and Townhall.com.

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