After Rick Perry got in the 2012 race and promptly called the Federal Reserve chairman a traitor, it seemed like some Republicans–perhaps Karl Rove in particular–would have very much liked Paul Ryan to reconsider his earlier decision not to run for president. And for a little while, Ryan–the deficit slashing superhero to conservatives who has said for months he won't run–essentially said, "hm." On Monday, Ryan clarified; that "hm" was actually a "no." As The New Republic's Jonathan Chait tweeted, "Weekly Standard on suicide watch."
But that consideration took a serious turn over the past two weeks, following a phone call with New Jersey governor Chris Christie in early August.Ryan and Christie spoke for nearly an hour about the presidential race, according to four sources briefed on the conversation. The two men shared a central concern: The Republican field is not addressing the debt crisis with anything beyond platitudes.
"I sincerely appreciate the support from those eager to chart a brighter future for the next generation. While humbled by the encouragement, I have not changed my mind, and therefore I am not seeking our party's nomination for President. I remain hopeful that our party will nominate a candidate committed to a pro-growth agenda of reform that restores the promise and prosperity of our exceptional nation. I remain grateful to those I serve in Southern Wisconsin for the unique opportunity to advance this effort in Congress."