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Rep. Paul Ryan Says He is 'Ruling Out' Thinking About Presidential Run in 2016

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Paul Ryan, House Budget Committee chairman, recently said that he is ruling out running for president in 2016, at least for the time being.

"I'm ruling out thinking about it right now," he said. 

"I really don't think it is in my interest as a congressman to be thinking about some promotion three and a half years down the road. That will cloud my judgment from doing my job today. So, I have made an explicit decision, 'Don't think about some political campaign down the road.'"

It was speculated he would be running, along with Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Rand Paul (R-KY). 

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Last month, he said running alongside Mitt Romney made the dream of being president seem realistic in his mind.

Polls released in the beginning of the month showed that there was no clear favorite among Rubio, Ryan and Paul, though Ryan placed second with 17 percent following Rubio with 19 percent. Third place went to Paul, who received 15 percent, and fourth went to Gov. Chris Christie with 14.

Sources: Raw Story, Washington Times