Speaker Ryan to give address on 'state of American politics'
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Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanRepublicans are avoiding gun talks as election looms The Hill's 12:30 Report Flake to try to force vote on DACA stopgap plan MORE (R-Wis.) will deliver a speech on Capitol Hill on Wednesday about the "state of American politics." 

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A Ryan aide said the speech will focus on changing the tenor of the current political discourse.

"The speaker will talk about how, in a confident America, we can elevate political debates to inspire and unite people."

The Speaker has weighed in on the contentious GOP presidential primary on only a few occasions. Without explicitly mentioning Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpAccuser says Trump should be afraid of the truth Woman behind pro-Trump Facebook page denies being influenced by Russians Shulkin says he has White House approval to root out 'subversion' at VA MORE by name, Ryan has condemned the Republican front-runner's call for banning Muslims from entering the country and failure to immediately disavow support from the Ku Klux Klan, and he urged Trump to take responsibility for violence at some of his campaign rallies.

Some in the party have suggested the Speaker as a possible presidential candidate who could unify Republicans at a contested convention this summer. Ryan, however, has repeatedly shot down that notion.

Nonetheless, Tuesday's announcement that he will deliver the speech immediately fueled facetious speculation among some political commentators on Twitter that Ryan will announce he's running for president.

"You guys are funny," Ryan spokesman Brendan Buck tweeted. 

The 11 a.m. address will take place in the House Ways and Means Committee room, the panel that Ryan chaired until he was recruited to replace former Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerRestoring fiscal sanity requires bipartisan courage GOP congressman slams primary rival for Ryan donations Speculation swirls about Kevin McCarthy’s future MORE (R-Ohio) last year.

It will be open only to members of the media and House interns.

— Scott Wong contributed.

— This story was updated at 4:38 p.m.