U.S Rep. Paul Ryan won’t run for president in 2016

Wisconsin Gazette

U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, a Republican from Wisconsin and the 2012 vice presidential candidate for the GOP, will not run for president in 2016.

On his Facebook page, Ryan said, “After giving it a lot of thought, I’ve decided not to run for president. Our work at the House Ways and Means Committee over the next few years will be crucial to moving America forward, and my job as chairman deserves undivided attention. It’s 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.”

In a statement on the website for his congressional campaig, Ryan added, “I want to thank everyone who encouraged me to run. Their words and continued support have been deeply humbling. And most of all I want to thank the people of Wisconsin for giving me the opportunity to serve our country.”

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who may seek the GOP nomination, issued this statement on Jan. 13: There are two kinds of people in politics: Those who want to be someone great, and those who want to do something great. Paul is in the latter group, and although he will not be seeking the presidency, the American people will continue to benefit greatly from his leadership in the House.”

Editor’s note: This story is developing.