Speaker Ryan to give address on 'state of American politics'
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Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanWisconsin GOP quietly prepares Ron Johnson backup plans RealClearPolitics reporter says Freedom Caucus shows how much GOP changed under Trump Juan Williams: Biden's child tax credit is a game-changer 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 TrumpSenators introduce bipartisan infrastructure bill in rare Sunday session Gosar's siblings pen op-ed urging for his resignation: 'You are immune to shame' Sunday shows - Delta variant, infrastructure dominate 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 BoehnerA new kind of hero? Last week's emotional TV may be a sign GOP up in arms over Cheney, Kinzinger Freedom Caucus presses McCarthy to force vote to oust Pelosi 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.