Speaker Paul Ryan will put the rumor mill to rest and make a formal statement before the media Tuesday afternoon to definitively rule himself out as a contender for the GOP presidential nomination:
“He’s going to rule himself out and put this to rest once and for all,” an aide said.
The Speaker will make his statement at 3:15 p.m. just steps from the Capitol, at the Republican National Committee headquarters.
Ryan has said numerous times that he will not run for president, but it hasn’t stopped speculation from running wild:
The speculation only grew in recent weeks after Ryan called for a more dignified political dialogue in a speech to House interns before the chamber’s spring recess.
Ryan’s office — unintentionally, aides say — stoked the flames by releasing a video of the speech that some, including conservative news site the Drudge Report, interpreted as a campaign advertisement.
And over the nearly three-week House recess, Ryan’s office regularly released photos of him meeting with prominent Middle East leaders, including Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, during his first foreign visit as Speaker.
Ryan was also publicly reluctant to step in as speaker after the retirement of John Boehner. Some Republicans believe he could similarly change his mind about a presidential bid; however, voters have little interest in a nominee who hasn’t paid his dues on the campaign trail.
UPDATE: Watch Ryan’s statement below.
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