CNN's Jake Tapper to interview Paul Ryan following retirement announcement

Clay Curtis
April 12, 2018

This isn't necessarily the case: His Democratic challenger was to be Randy Bryce, a mustachioed first-time candidate and ironworkers' union organizer who, thanks in part to a viral campaign video has raised a total of $4.75 million - an unheard-of total for a candidate in Bryce's position, and the type of money that could help him actually topple Ryan in today's political climate.

Ryan's future on Capitol Hill had been a topic of conversation ahead of a hard campaign season, as Republicans try to keep the House majority. The person familiar with Ryan's decision said, "He has thoughts on this and he will share those at a later time".

"This is a Titanic, tectonic shift ... Who on earth is going to fill this void?" Accomplishments in areas such as entitlement spending remain elusive, too. "I took it reluctantly. That kind of leadership will be missed".

"None whatsoever actually", Ryan said. "My father used to tell me, 'Stanley, flies never enter mouths that are closed'".

Ryan pointed to his young family as the reason for his retirement.

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) announced Wednesday he would retire next January and would not seek re-election. Does Trump play a role in that?

"Ultimately, I think most Americans would agree that family should come first". Most of all, he will likely strategize with corporate consulting or lobbying firms - of course, with deference to the House rules on lobbying - and make a salary probably at least 10 times more than his current income, without anywhere near the level of stress. "But I have given this job everything I have", he continued.

Some even see a day when Ryan's brand of Republicanism is back in style.

During his news conference Wednesday, Ryan said he is "confident" he will be handing his gavel to a Republican as the next Speaker, and that the possibility of losing the House was not a factor in his decision. "After the 'Trump Era, ' there will be a thirsting for leaders like him again". Ryan is respected for his policy initiatives and commitment to service, and thus it seems likely that he will return to this line of work.

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In 2012, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney asked Ryan to serve as the party's candidate for vice president.

But Cantor is gone from Congress, following a surprise primary loss in 2014.

Ryan has three teenage children.

"It depends what district you're coming from, I guess", said Rep. Mark Walker, who chairs the influential Republican Study Committee. "There are still more of those members than not".

AZ-08: We are soon going to get yet another peek into the 2018 political landscape with an upcoming special election where Republicans are hoping the natural DNA of the district will be somewhat more resistant to the Democratic enthusiasm that toppled their candidates in Pennsylvania and Alabama.

Beyond November, Ryan's self-defenestration could return House Republicans to the state of constant factional conflict in which they lived during the tenure of his predecessor, John Boehner. But if Republicans come out of the 2018 election with 221 seats in a body where 218 is a majority, whoever is speaker is going to need to get virtually every Republican to agree to each aspect of his or her agenda.

Friends said Ryan was ready to step down after passing a tax reform bill, one of his longtime goals, Axios reported.

Other Republicans are willing to grade Ryan on such a curve. "I'm not a guy who thinks about it like that", he said at a news conference. You know, that's not my plan.

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