Dec. 19 (UPI) -- House Speaker Paul Ryan on Tuesday dismissed rumors he plans to retire in 2018, calling the reports "speculative."
"I am not going anywhere anytime soon, and lets just leave that thing at that," Ryan told reporters after he was asked if he would run for re-election.
Ryan called the reports that he would be retiring "irresponsible." Politico first reported that Ryan was considering retirement on Thursday.
"I actually think that piece was very irresponsible," Ryan said. "It was a speculative piece and it was faulty speculation. I want to put it to rest."
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House Speaker Paul Ryan on whether he plans to remain in Congress: "I am not going anywhere anytime soon" https://t.co/Apw5NQKFHB— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) December 19, 2017