Running for president would "ruin" Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), former Vice President Dick Cheney said Wednesday.

Cheney offered high praise for the House Budget Committee chairman, saying: “I worship the ground that Paul Ryan walks on.”

But the vice president said at a KPMG Global Energy Institute event in Houston that he hoped Ryan would resist a run for the White House.

“I hope he doesn’t run for president, because that would ruin a good man who has a lot of work to do,” Cheney said, according to The Houston Chronicle.

Ryan's name has repeatedly come up for a number of higher offices. When Sen. Herb Kohl (D-Wis.) announced his decision not to seek another term, Ryan was touted as a strong Republican candidate to win the seat. In the end Ryan decided against the race.

"I have so much more impact where I am than if I was starting over from seniority in the Senate," Ryan said, according to The Journal Times of Racine, Wis.

Ryan has also been asked if he has any interest in jumping into the 2012 presidential race, but there, too, he has flatly said no.

The House GOP budget authored by Ryan has made him a target for Democrats, who contend the blueprint would radically change  Medicare. Democrats attacked the Ryan plan in a congressional race in New York won by the party this week, and they have attributed the victory to those attacks.