White House Denies Reports That Paul Ryan Will Leave Congress

Elias Hubbard
December 17, 2017

While attempts to change Social Security and Medicare have nearly always ended badly for Republican elected officials - George W. Bush's push for Social Security privatization went nowhere and crippled his second term legislatively - Politico reports that Ryan won't have to deal with any massive electoral blowback because he already has one foot out the door.

Rumors swirled around Capitol Hill on Thursday that House Speaker Paul Ryan is eyeing the exits - but he, his office and even the White House insisted it's not true. Ring of Fire's Farron Cousins discusses this.

On Thursday, Politico published a report detailing how Ryan has signaled in conversations with close confidants that he will retire after the 2018 midterm election.

"Paul Ryan doesn't think he can beat us". But that's not what's actually happening here.

The GOP House leader, however, denied his plans to leave Congress, telling reporters later in the day after his weekly press conference: "I'm not, no".

Since Doug Jones' improbable victory in the Alabama special Senate Election, Democrat Randy Bryce (aka the "Iron Stache") claims he has raised tens of thousands of dollars for his congressional campaign in Wisconsin.

The move would give Ryan another year to pursue entitlement reform - which he's long advocated for - before he returns home "full-time" to spend more time with his three teenage sons, the news outlet posited. Ryan has apparently been quite exhausted of DC for a while, and when he was elected Speaker of the House, he made it clear to then-Rep. He's the one who would be responsible if Republicans lose the House of Representatives in 2018. On Thursday, Politico claimed to not have found a single source willing to say they thought Ryan would remain in Congress past January 2019 in the over 30 they interviewed.

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