Publicado: Jue, Abril 12, 2018
Global | Por Milagro Delgado

Paul Ryan, second in line for USA presidency, to not seek re-election

Paul Ryan, second in line for USA presidency, to not seek re-election

Paul Ryan will be out of his job as House speaker in November, and a Democrat running for his seat, Randy Bryce, already has an idea of a new career path for the Wisconsin Republican.

"What I realize is, if I am here for one more term, my kids will have only known me as a weekend dad", he told reporters on Wednesday. "It's a big job with a lot riding on you. but you also know this is not a job that does not last forever".

"It may encourage other Republicans to not run again, I think more so than affecting the money", said Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Kentucky. Ryan also said he is proud of what has been accomplished since he became Speaker in 2015.

It's possible that when Ryan says that he's stepping down because he wants to spend more time with his teenage children, as he claimed in his retirement announcement, he means it. "But I took it reluctantly and gave it all I had".

"I really don't see it", Ryan said.

"Speaker Ryan has worked tirelessly in Congress for nearly two decades fighting for conservative values". On the other hand, Republicans during his tenure were unable to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, advance the ball on entitlement reform or cut the deficit.

So what's the plan at the National Republican Congressional Committee, the body in charge of getting Republicans elected to the House?

The Speaker is the 45th House Republican to announce he won't seek re-election this year, and within a few hours another joined him.

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Meanwhile, some Republicans are making it clear they're not interested in Ryan's seat.

"As for the implications the 48-year-old's move will have on his seat, Dave Wasserman tweeted that the retirement shifts "#WI01 from Solid R to Lean R", writing for the Cook Political Report that it's the first time the seat will be at risk since Ryan secured it in 1998. He and his wife have three teen children.

The retiring Republican has funneled almost $32 million of that to the National Republican Congressional Committee to help keep the Republican majority in the House in the upcoming 2018 midterms.

That's despite the fact that Ryan is just the latest of a record number of Republicans to forgo a run for re-election this fall. "Now occasionally when you had a change of House majority control, a speaker went out but then came back in, as [Republican Joe] Martin and [Democrat Sam] Rayburn did".

President Donald Trump paid tribute to Ryan as "a truly good man".

Ryan's exit also adds another potential target for Democrats looking to take over the House this year. He's well-funded and well-organized, too; he raised $2.1 million this last quarter, outraising Ryan for the 3-month period and putting his total haul at about $4.75 million. Ryan and Ross now join a number of Republicans in the House and Senate who have declined to run in the 2018 midterms - most prominently among them Trey Gowdy of SC and Darrell Issa of California in the House, and a slate of retiring Senators including Tennessee's Bob Corker, Arizona's Jeff Flake, and Utah's Orrin Hatch (who'll most likely be replaced by Mitt Romney or one of these goofballs). It seems that Ryan has recognized that as a speaker of the House and a former vice presidential candidate, he has reached his apogee.

However, it was unclear if the proposal would garner the votes needed in the Republican-controlled Congress. Senator John Thune, a junior member of the Senate leadership, said he did not think it could muster the needed 60 votes to clear procedural floor votes in the Senate.

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