(The Hill) House Republicans reached out to GOP presidential candidate Ben Carson in 2014 about replacing John Boehner as Speaker of the House, Carson told The Hill on Thursday.
"They were looking for an alternative, they were looking for someone strong and courageous who might really be able to add some spine and some backbone," Carson said. "I was very flattered that there were several members that thought I’d fit the bill very well, but I think it played out correctly the way that it did."
There is no rule stipulating that the Speaker be a member of the House.
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