Paul Ryan dismisses retirement rumors, challengers use them to raise money

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The outlet hypothesized that Ryan - 47 years old and a father of three sons - wanted to spend more time with his family in light of his own father dying at 55.

House Speaker Paul Ryan's political future returned to the speculation spotlight Thursday amid reports that he's eyeing an exit from Congress after the 2018 midterms. "The Speaker assured the President that those were not accurate reports and that they looked forward to working together for a long time to come".

The 10-term congressman reluctantly accepted the speakership when John Boehner resigned, though he did not see it as a long-term position.

Two stories published Thursday suggested Ryan may soon be out. Those close to the Wisconsin Republican believe he plans to at least serve through election day next year, and ultimately retire before the next Congress is sworn in.

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The report is not the first to raise questions about how much longer Ryan will stay in office, now that a massive overhaul of the nation's tax code is within reach.

The speaker would then have one final year "to chase his second white whale, entitlement reform", the report said. "As the speaker himself said today, he's not going anywhere anytime soon".

Asked Thursday if he would be leaving, Ryan answered a simple "no", as he left his weekly press conference in the Capitol. Additionally, Politico reported that Ryan was looking to avoid sharing a ballot with President Trump in the next general election.