You could see this one coming. In an interview Paul Ryan gave in November, he told National Journal that he was quitting Congress within 10 years, saying "I don't want to be a career guy," a clear signal that he didn't want to stay in Washington his whole life. Now, NBC News reports that Paul Ryan is out for the 2016 race.
Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, the Republican Party's vice presidential nominee in 2012, told NBC News in an interview Monday that he will not seek the presidency in 2016.
"I have decided that I am not going to run for president in 2016," Ryan said in a phone interview, noting that he is "at peace" with the decision he made "weeks ago" to forgo a bid for the White House. "It is amazing the amount of encouragement I have gotten from people - from friends and supporters - but I feel like I am in a position to make a big difference where I am and I want to do that," he said.
The nine-term congressman believes he can make that "big difference" in his new role as chairman of the influential House Ways and Means Committee rather than as a presidential contender.
The committee will meet Tuesday to kick off the new Congress. By announcing that he'll pass on a White House run, Ryan hopes to demonstrate that he'll devote his "undivided attention" to the committee, although he admits that it will be "bittersweet not being on the trail" as a candidate this upcoming cycle.