Two House GOP members recounted Boehner's statement after the Wednesday meeting.
"Boehner said he was definitely running for speaker next year," Rep. John Fleming (R-LA) told reporters. "He made that quite clear. That was a little bit of a surprise."
"He's been so closed about it up until now," Fleming continued when asked why Boehner's announcement was a surprise. "He's just not made any statement one way or another. Why would he say that now? I guess maybe to clear the air."
Rep. John Kline (R-MN) confirmed Boehner's statement to TPM.
"He said he was absolutely all-in," Kline said. "He's running for speaker."