Ryan will wait until 2015 to decide on presidential run


House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis.
House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis.

Rep. Paul Ryan said Wednesday that he is currently "focusing on policy," rather than his own political ambitions, and that he will wait until next year to decide whether to seek the Republican presidential nomination in 2016.

"There really aren't any deliberations" about a presidential run, Ryan (R-Wisc.) said at a breakfast hosted by the Christian Science Monitor. "I've been doing my job, focusing on the here and now, 2014. I've consciously decided not to think about my personal ambitions or personal career moves or how I can think about something after 2014."

Ryan, who ran on the 2012 presidential ticket with Mitt Romney, is angling to chair the powerful House Ways and Means Committee in the next Congress. He recently unveiled an ambitious plan to reform federal anti-poverty programs.

Ryan said he will sit down with his wife in 2015 to decide whether to seek national office once again.

Lori Montgomery covers U.S. economic policy and the federal budget, focusing on efforts to tame the national debt.
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