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article imagePresident Paul Ryan? 2016 White House bid now 'realistic' he says

By Yukio Strachan     Mar 11, 2013 in Politics
2012 Republican vice-presidential nominee Paul Ryan said Sunday that while he has no future plans to run for House speaker, running for president in 2016 has become “more realistic” due to his experience last fall.
“Actually, I enjoyed the experience,” the House Budget Committee chairman said on “Fox News Sunday” about his failed 2012 run with Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, The Hill reports.
“It’s something that I much better understand, and [my wife] Jan and I were talking about it just the other day — we look at it as a very positive experience," he continued. "We actually enjoyed it.”
Ryan also told Fox News Channel’s Chris Wallace why he had no intention of replacing John Boehner (R-Ohio) as House speaker.
"If I wanted to be in elected leadership like speaker,” he said. "I would have run for these jobs years ago."
When asked again about the prospect of him running for president in 2016, according to the Washington Post, Ryan said his experience last fall "made it more realistic in my mind."
But Ryan said that his focus is on the here and now, serving his constituents, not his long-term political aspirations, the Daily Caller writes.
I shouldn’t be clouding my judgment today by thinking about some political thing four years from now,” Ryan said.
"I honestly think that we have a problem right now," Ryan said. "That's a debt crisis coming. I'm the chairman of the budget committee, and I represent the 1st district of Wisconsin. I should focus on that."
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