Rep. Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanConservatives leery of FBI deal on informant Overnight Health Care — Sponsored by PCMA — House passes 'right to try' drug bill | Trump moves to restrict abortion referrals Hillicon Valley: Trump claims 'no deal' to help Chinese company ZTE | Congress briefed on election cyber threats | Mueller mystery - Where's indictment for DNC hack? | Zuckerberg faces tough questions in Europe MORE (R-Wis.) says the prospect of running for president has become “more realistic” to him but he will not think about a 2016 bid before completing deficit-reduction talks.


Ryan also told Fox News Channel’s Chris Wallace that he has no intention of replacing John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerFreedom Caucus bruised but unbowed in GOP primary fights GOP revolts multiply against retiring Ryan Can Jim Jordan become top House Republican? MORE (R-Ohio) as House speaker.

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Ryan said he looks back on the 2012 presidential campaign, when he served as Mitt Romney’s running mate, as a very positive experience.

He said it made running for the presidency himself seem more likely but he pledged not to weigh a run until deficit-reduction talks in Congress had run their course.

“I enjoyed the experience. It made it more realistic in my mind. It’s something that I much better understand,” Ryan said in a Sunday morning interview.” 

Ryan said he would not prefer to run for House speaker instead of president.

“I have no plans to be in House elected leadership. If I wanted to be in elected leadership like speaker, I would have run for these jobs years ago. I’ve always believed the better place for me is in policy leadership like being a chairman,” he said.

Ryan said his focus over the next year should be on the budget talks.

“That’s to me the most important thing. I shouldn’t be clouding my judgment today by thinking about some political thing four years from now. I should not be clouding my judgment by thinking, ‘How does this position me to run for president?’” he said.