tv House Speaker Paul Ryan Announces Retirement CSPAN April 12, 2018 5:54am-6:10am EDT
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achieved a heck of a lot. you all know that i did not seek this job. i took it reluctantly, but i have given this job everything i have, and i have no regrets whatsoever for having accepted this responsibility. this has been one of the two greatest honors of my life. the job provides incredible opportunities. it is easy fors it to take over everything in your life, and you can't just let that happen because there are other things in life that can be fleeting as well, namely her time as a husband and a dad, which is the other great honor of my life. that is why today i am announcing that this year will be my last one as a member of the house. to be clear, i am not resigning. i intend to serve my full term as i was elected to do, but it will be retiring in january, leaving this majority in good hands with what i believe is a
very bright future. it is almost hard to believe, but i have been a member of congress for almost two decades. this is my 20th year in congress. my kids weren't even born when i was first elected. our oldest was 13 years old when i can speaker. now all three of our kids are teenagers. one thing i have learned about of aners is their idea ideal we get is not necessarily spend all of their time with their parents. when i realize is if i am here for one more term, my kids will only have ever known me as a weekend dad. i just can't let that happen. i will be setting new priorities in my life, but i will also be leaving an incredibly proud -- leaving incredibly proud of what we have come list. my dad died when i was 16 -- what we have accomplished. my dad died when i was 16.
i don't want to look back on my life sticking i spent more time with my kids when i know if i start another term, they will only know me as a weekend father. i am really proud of what we've been able to do. when i took this job, one of my conditions was that we aim high, that we do big things, that we fashion an agenda, run on that agenda, win an election, and then execute that agenda. i am so proud that that is exactly what we have done and what we are doing right now. we have a published so much since then. probably the two biggest achievements for me are my first, the major reform of our tax code for the first time in 36 years come which has always been a success for this country. the second, something i got much more invested on since becoming speaker, is to rebuild our nation's military. after tax reform, addressing our military readiness crisis was a
top priority we got done last month as well. victoriese as lasting that will make this country more prosperous and secure for decades to come. there are so many other things we have gotten done. i don't want to be too sentimental here. i want to be clear, i am not done yet. i intend to finish the year. some of you wonder why i can't just do the normal politician thing, which is to run and then retire after the election. that is what i am told is a politically shrewd thing to do. i considered that. but just as my conscious that my conscience is what got me to take this job, my conscience could not going -- my conscience is what got me to take this job, my conscience would not allow me to go that way. i have to serve the constituents honestly and honorably. for me to ask them to vote to reelect me knowing that i wasn't going to stay is not being
honest, so i simply cannot do that. i am proud of what this congress has achieved, and i believe its future is bright. the economy is strong. we've given americans greater confidence in their lives. i have every confidence i will be handing this gavel to the next republican speaker of the house next year. i said earlier that i did not want this job at first. i really actually didn't. but i have to thank my colleagues for giving me this opportunity and this honor. i am really grateful for it. i just want to thank the people of southern wisconsin. foracing -- wisconsin placing their trust in me as they representative for the past 20 years. it has been a wild ride, but a journey well worth taking to be able to do my job in pursuing the american idea.
i would like to think i have done my little part in history to set us on a better course. thank you. guest: will you remain -- reporter: will you remain as speaker? rep. ryan: yes. look, i know most speakers don't go out on their own terms, but harry reid just last session did this. that is exactly what i am going to do. reporter: when you say the tax code is your biggest accomplishment, you do not mention the $1 trillion deficit. rep. ryan: i'm extremely proud of the fact that the house passed the biggest entitlement reform bill ever considered.
do i regret the fact that the senate did not pass this? yes, but i feel that from all the budget i have passed, normalizing entitlement reform and the house passing entitlement reform, i am very proud of that fact. but yes, more work needs to be done, and it really is entitlements. i will keep fighting for that. rep. ryan: did the chance -- >> 50 chance that you might not b -- did the chance that you might be speaker if the democrats take the house come november factor into your decision at all? rep. ryan: not at all. i am not a guy who thinks like that. i have a compass much of what i came here to do, and my kids aren't getting any younger. if i stay, they are only going to know me as a weekend dad, and that is something i cannot do. >> the you worry about the impact of your announcement on the 2018 midterms, perhaps sending a signal that the house is lost for republicans. rep. ryan: i give it some
consideration, but i do not believe whether i stay or go in 2019 is going to affect a person's individual race for congress. i do not think a person's race for congress is going to hinge on whether paul ryan is speaker or not. are, do our jobs, which we we will get all these big things done. we have a great record to run on. we have a great economy, great accomplishments, more to do, and i don't think the american people are going to want to have the gridlock that democrats are promising. i am confident we can get this done. >> the president has been openly talking about firing bob mueller , firing the deputy attorney general. what are your thoughts on that? rep. ryan: i think they should be allowed to do their jobs.
we have a rule of law in this country that all should be required to uphold. >> [inaudible] i have great confidence in his leadership team. that is one thing i am really proud of. obviously i came with a big goal in leadership when i came here. i think we have a fantastic leadership team. i think this is probably not the right time to get into that. that election is in november, so not something to go into right now. >> in what way is your decision influenced by the way president trump has changed the character of washington? rep. ryan: not at all. i am grateful to the president for giving us this ability to get all this stuff done. it makes the product the a compliment i have been a contributor to, satisfied that i have made a big difference and he has given us that chance.
that is really how i see it. thank you very much, everybody. [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2018] announcer: this weekend on c-span come alive saturday at 5:30 p.m. eastern, "road to the white house 2020" at the new hampshire democratic party p.m.,, and sunday at 6:30 our coverage continues with montana democratic governor steve bullet in pull county, bullock.teve
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