In a phone interview with NBC, Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan (R), announced he would not be seeking the presidential nomination in 2016. "I have decided that I am not going to run for president in 2016", said the former V.P. nominee. However he did say that the Republicans can "absolutely" still win without him: "I think it is critical that our party puts forward bold, conservative ideas and give people a choice. I think we have a number of capable leaders who can do that." he stated.

"It is amazing the amount of encouragement I have gotten from people - from friends and supporters - but I feel like I am in a position to make a big difference where I am and I want to do that...", said Ryan. He later took to social media and cited his job as Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee as one of the sticking points, saying it "deserves his undivided attention."

Ryan also said in the interview that he was at "at peace" with the decision and that he made it "weeks ago". Did you have high hopes for Paul Ryan in 2016?

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