When asked in August 2014 whether he was considering a presidential run, Ryan stated, "As far as myself and my family, this is a decision we're going to take very seriously and weigh in 2015, so I just don't know the answer to your question at this time." Ryan campaigned for vice president on the ticket with Mitt Romney in 2012, and visited Iowa and New Hampshire during the campaign. He was also one of six Republicans headlining a major fundraising event in New York City on September 23, 2013. Ryan released a book in 2014 on the state of conservatism, titled The Way Forward. Only one president, James Garfield, was elected to office as a sitting House member.
Public opinion polls
- A March 2014 poll conducted by CNN had Ryan one point behind Sen. Rand Paul on a list of presidential hopefuls. At 15% support, Ryan came in ahead of Rick Perry and Mike Huckabee, the only other potential candidates to poll in the double figures.
- New York Daily News, "Election 2016: A look at possible candidates and who could run in the next presidential race," August 17, 2013
- Politico, "GOP 2016 hopefuls slated for NYC event," August 26, 2013
- The Daily Caller, "Book Deal for Paul Ryan," August 7, 2014
- U.S. House of Representatives, Office of the Clerk, "House members who became president or presidential candidates," accessed November 7, 2013
- CNN, "CNN Poll: Rand Paul goes where his father never went," March 16, 2014