Congressman Paul Ryan and former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee have both dropped statements recently indicating they’re mulling over the possibility of running for the Republican nomination in 2016.


First, Congressman Paul Ryan via the Washington Examiner:

Former vice presidential candidate and current House Budget Committee chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., gave a little more oxygen to the idea that he’ll run for president in 2016.

“I’m going to make my mind up later,” Ryan said on CNN today, as NBC’s Kasie Hunt noted. “I will give it serious consideration.” That remark goes beyond his comments earlier this month on Fox News.

Ryan would likely have an uphill battle given the number of other rising stars in the party also seeking the nomination.

Next, report on Mike Huckabee from WWNT:

Don’t leave former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) out of the 2016 conversation just yet.

Speaking with Newsmax TV in a recent interview, the 2008 presidential candidate said he wouldn’t shut any doors on a future White House run.

“Yeah, I’m not ruling it out at this point,” he said. “I’m not sitting around having meetings with the strategic team, but it’s something I will certainly look at, and I’m talking to some people just to determine whether it’s a kamikaze raid or whether it has potential and possibility.”

Huckabee was considered a top contender for a period in the 2008 Republican primary after performing strongly in a number of early contests, including a first-place finish in the Iowa caucuses. He would later drop out of the race after it became clear that Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) would take the GOP nomination with a win in Texas.

The list will continue to grow, especially at these early stages.

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