Paul Ryan: I Do The Speaker Job ‘Better’ Than John Boehner Did

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) boasted in a CNN interview published Thursday that he thought he does the job better than his predecessor, John Boehner (R-OH), who resigned last year.

CNN host Manu Raju asked Ryan how he dealt with the warring factions in the House’s GOP majority differently than his predecessor had.

“I think I do it better,” Ryan said. “Not to knock John, but, um I spend more time with all of our members on a continual basis. And so because I was a person that wasn’t looking for this job, what i’m trying to do is be responsible with the power that comes with the job and decentralize that power and make members more empowered.”

Ryan’s colleagues elected him speaker of the House in October, even though he insisted for weeks following Boehner’s retirement announcement that he didn’t want the job.

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