Speaker Ryan to give address on 'state of American politics'

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Speaker Paul RyanPaul RyanCoffman’s stance on climate change disingenuous, irresponsible Dems brace for immigration battle RNC chairman: Ryan one of 'brightest stars' in Republican Party MORE (R-Wis.) will deliver a speech on Capitol Hill on Wednesday about the "state of American politics." 

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 TrumpCoffman’s stance on climate change disingenuous, irresponsible NIH needs public examination after giving millions to rouge UN agency The Hill's 12:30 Report 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 BoehnerDems brace for immigration battle 56 memorable moments from a wild presidential race Trump may pose problem for Ryan in Speaker vote 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.