Politics

Paul Ryan Says He Won’t Run For President In 2016

Alex Pappas Political Reporter

Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan is a no-go for 2016.

The 2012 Republican vice presidential nominee announced Monday that he will not run for the White House. Ryan’s news comes just days after Mitt Romney, his running mate, made clear he may run again.

“I have decided that I am not going to run for president in 2016,” Ryan told NBC News on Monday.

“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,” Ryan said.

Ryan, the new chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, is not immediately endorsing any candidate. But he isn’t hiding his affection for Romney.

“It is no secret that I have always thought Mitt would make a great president,” Ryan said. “As for his plans for 2016, I don’t know what he is ultimately going to do and the last thing I want to do is get ahead of his own decision making process.”

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