Is Paul Ryanu2019s exit setting him up for a presidential run?

Is Paul Ryanu2019s exit setting him up for a presidential run?

"My dad died when I was 16, the age my daughter is and I just don't want to be one of those people looking back on my life thinking, I spend more time with my kids, when I know if I spend another term, they'll only know me as a weekend father", Ryan says. All is well. And a sitting speaker's decision to call it quits after less than three years in charge of the House chamber shouldn't be taken - at all - as a sign the GOP is facing an increasingly challenging election cycle.

He became the GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney's running mate in 2012.

Ryan has been in Washington for nearly two decades, and he is now "ready to devote more of his time to being a husband and a father".

Rep. Charlie Dent, R-Pa., who like Costello is also retiring after this term, said Ryan's decision might cause other Republicans to announce retirements.

"It's going to set off an intramural war among Republicans on who is going to be the next speaker". There was a coinciding slide in the percentage of Americans who viewed Ryan favorably, to 39% in April 2017 from 48% in November 2016. Around the same time, 86% of Democrats said they approved of the ACA.

Mr Ryan is by all accounts a good man. Of that, his campaign transferred $40 million to the National Republican Campaign Committee (NRCC), the arm of the party responsible for helping elect Republicans to the House.

Vice President Mike Pence, a former IN congressman and governor, said Wednesday IN a statement that Ryan "was instrumental IN enacting President (Donald) Trump's agenda" and "has been a fierce defender of our military, a leader IN ushering historic tax reform through Congress, and a public servant with a heart for helping lift up the less fortunate".

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"While he will not be seeking re-election, he will leave a legacy of achievement that nobody can question". Democrats now control just 49 seats in the chamber, with prospects for only a handful more in the most optimistic election scenarios.

King tried to get Ryan to throw the president under the bus, asking him if "Trump fatigue" played a role in his decision to not run for reelection. Brendan Buck, counselor to the speaker, said Ryan would "run through the tape" by fundraising for other conservatives and passing legislation.

"No disrespect to Paul, but quite frankly, you want somebody who's got skin in the game after the elections", Rep. Mark Amodei, R-Nevada, told The Washington Post. If Republicans lose control of the House, Speaker Ryan will have to hand over his gavel to San Fran Ma'am Nancy Pelosi.

And because of that, Dent doesn't see Ryan's retirement as having any direct effect on GOP candidates' chances this fall.

That's also true elsewhere, and Republicans fear losing their House majority.

Ryan was criticised by Democrats for what they saw as his failure to stand up to Trump and firmly confront the President on matters such as Trump's frequent attacks on USA law enforcement and the President's alienation of United States allies and abandonment of longstanding Republican principles like free trade. "The last thing we need is a leadership battle", Dent said.

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