Paul Ryan Will Not Run for President In 2016

U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) speaks during a press conference at the Union League Club of Chicago August 21, 2014 in Chicago, Ilinois. Ryan spoke at an event promoting his new book, "The Way Forward." (John Gress/Getty Images North America)
U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) speaks during a press conference at the Union League Club of Chicago August 21, 2014 in Chicago, Ilinois. Ryan spoke at an event promoting his new book, “The Way Forward.” (John Gress/Getty Images North America)

Paul Ryan, the 2012 GOP vice presidential nominee, said Monday he will not seek the White House and will remain in Congress, where he has broad influence over tax policy.

The Wisconsin lawmaker, who will tackle tax law this term as chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, made his decision known in a statement on his campaign site and in media interviews.

“After giving it a lot of thought, I have decided not to run for president,” said Ryan, adding his work as Ways and Means chairman requires his “undivided attention.”

“It is clear our country needs a change in direction. And our party has a responsibility to offer a real alternative. So I’m going to do what I can to lay out conservative solutions and to help our nominee lead us to victory,” he said.

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SOURCE: USA Today
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