Rep. Paul Ryan has repeatedly indicated he is not running for speaker of the House, even as heavy hitters — including retiring Speaker John Boehner — urge him to reconsider.
But Thursday night, it looked like Ryan may be changing his tune.
Speaking to a gaggle of reporters for three-and-a-half minutes, Ryan repeatedly refused to rule out a run, repeating over and over: “I’ve got no news for you.”
He repeated that sentiment Friday morning with reporter staking out his office, saying: “I’ve got nothing to add, nothing to say.”
The reason for the questions: Ryan’s repeated previous denials haven’t dissuaded anyone from asking him about the top job.
As the shock of Kevin McCarthy’s decision not to seek the top job wore off Thursday afternoon, eyes turned to Ryan, the former vice presidential nominee and chairman of the Ways and Means Committee. Influential and well-respected throughout the GOP caucus, Ryan could be a peacemaker between the warring factions.