President Donald Trump praised Ryan for his “achievement,” calling him a “truly good man.”
“Speaker Paul Ryan is a truly good man, and while he will not be seeking re-election, he will leave a legacy of achievement that nobody can question. We are with you Paul!”
House Speaker Paul Ryan told his staff and colleagues Wednesday morning that he will not run for reelection.
In a Wednesday morning news conference, Mr Ryan said the decision was family-related.
“You all know that I did not seek this job,” he said. “I took it reluctantly.
“But I have given this job everything. I have no regrets whatsoever for having accepted this responsibility.”
When Ryan endorsed Trump as the Republican nominee, he was endorsing his own agenda.
“I’m grateful for the president for giving us this opportunity to get the country on the right track,” he said. “The fact that he gave us the ability to get this stuff done makes me proud of the accomplishments that I’ve been a contributor to.
It makes me satisfied that I’ve made a big difference and he’s given us that chance, and I’m grateful to him for that, and that’s really how I see it.”
Nehlen and Polce reacted to Ryan’s announcement Wednesday.
“I wish Mr. Ryan health and prosperity in his retirement, and plenty of time with his family here in Wisconsin,” Nehlen said in a statement.
“One of the big differences between Speaker Ryan and I is the outlook on the role of an elected official,” Polce said. “One of the things I’m running on is to not go to Washington and spend a career, because you kind of start to lose sight of what your role is.”
Paul Ryan will be fine. And so will the Republican Party without him.
When the party embraced Trump as its nominee, it essentially rejected Ryan-style politics and the figures that espoused it, such as Bush and Rubio.
California’s Kevin McCarthy and Louisiana’s Steve Scalise — the No. 2 and No. 3 Republicans in the House, respectively, and the expected leading contenders to replace Ryan — are better fits for the Trump GOP. McCarthy in particular is better known for his close relationship with the president than his plans to change Medicare.