Ryan: 2016 in 'back of mind'

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said running for president is in the back of his mind, but he wouldn’t tailor his actions in the House to fulfill his personal ambitions. 

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“My job is not to cloud my judgment with personal ambition. My job is to do my job and that is things like this,” Ryan said in an interview with ABC. “If I have to stop myself from doing what I think is right to become president, then I don’t want to be president.”

“People always say, ‘Well, this could hurt you with your future ambitions,’” Ryan said. “If I’m not good at this job, why should I ask somebody for another job?”

Ryan said he will eventually think about a run in 2016 — “it’s in the back of my mind,” he said.

“But for all these people who say I’m hurting my political ambitions, that’s just not my concern,” he said.

Ryan won a major victory on Thursday when the two-year budget deal he negotiated was resoundingly approved in the House. While conservative groups ripped the deal, large majorities in both parties supported it. 

The deal is opposed by a trio of GOP senators thought to probably be 2016 Republican White House candidates: Rand Paul (Ky.), Marco Rubio (Fla.) and Ted Cruz (Texas).

Ryan urged Republicans in the Senate to study the bill before making a final decision. 

“I wouldn’t say it’s big in numbers. It’s big in symbolism,” Ryan said. “This is the first time, with a divided Congress, that we’ve had a budget agreement since 1986, when both Houses were controlled by the other parties.”