Hardline conservative Jim Jordan vowed to continue his floundering bid for speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday, after his fellow Republicans abandoned a backup plan to allow the leaderless chamber to resume business.
Jordan, who has lost two votes for speaker this week, emerged from an hours-long closed-door meeting with fellow Republicans to say he would press ahead with a third vote.
“I’m still running for speaker and I plan to go to the floor and get the votes and win this race,” Jordan told reporters, adding that he wanted to talk to some of the more than 20 fellow Republicans who have voted against him.
He then met with some of the holdouts, though Jordan opponents emerged from the meeting saying their minds had not been changed.
“We all told him that we’re solid no’s. That was the discussion,” Republican Representative Vern Buchanan told reporters. “Now he’s got a decision to make.”