Outgoing Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said Wednesday that he believes his time in public office is over and that he will not run for president in the future.
Hours after he delivered his retirement announcement on Capitol Hill, Ryan told CNN's Jake Tapper that he thought when he took over for former Speaker John Boehner that it would be the “last elected office I would have.”
“I'm not going to run for president. That's not my plan. I'm not going to do that,” Ryan told Tapper when asked if he would ever re-enter politics after he bows out in January. Ryan even shook his head “no” while the CNN host was proposing the question.
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“I really want to spend time doing the things that I've just discussed doing,” he added, possibly referring to spending time with his family, including his three teenage children.
However, Ryan did leave a small door open for him to come back to Washington, qualifying his statement by also telling CNN that at least while his kids are growing up, he won't be seeking elected office.
It's also important to consider that it's not uncommon for politicians to do a complete 180 after saying they won't run for office. Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton infamously ruled out a presidential run in 2010, only to launch a campaign a few years later.
“I think I'll serve as secretary of state as my last public position and then probably go back to advocacy work, particularly on behalf of women and children,” Clinton said in 2010.
For the time being, at least, Ryan appears content with returning to private life and going full-dad before his children are out of the house.
During his very personal retirement speech earlier on Wednesday, Ryan noted that he lost his father when he was the same age as his daughter and that he now wanted to make sure that he's around for her during her teenage years.
“If I'm here for one more term, my kids will only have ever known me as a weekend dad,” Ryan said.
“My dad died when I was 16. The age my daughter is. And I just don't want to be one of those people looking back at my life thinking I spent more time with my kids when I know if I spend another term they will only know me as a weekend father.”