Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid on Tuesday endorsed Rep. Paul Ryan for speaker, citing his recent remarks in favor of a debt limit increase.

"I'm a fan," Reid, D-Nev., said of Ryan Tuesday following a private lunch with fellow Democrats.

"He appears to me to be one of the people over there who would be reasonable," Reid said. "I mean, look at some of the other people."

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Ryan, of Wisconsin, has resisted calls from fellow House GOP lawmakers that he run to replace the retiring Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, who hopes to leave office on Oct. 30. But the House Ways and Means chairman is said to be considering running after top lawmakers begged him to join the race.

Only a few other candidates have formally announced they will run, including Republican Study Committee Chairman Bill Flores, of Texas, and House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah. Rep. Daniel Webster, R-Fla. is also a candidate.

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