Paul Ryan: ‘I have no plans to be in House elected leadership’

March 10, 2013

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said Sunday that he has no plans to pursue an elected leadership position in the House and that he is much better suited for policy leadership.

"I have no plans to be in House elected leadership," the House Budget Committee chairman said on "Fox News Sunday." "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 policy leadership -- like being a chairman."

Ryan, the 2012 Republican vice presidential nominee, said last year's campaign was  a pleasant experience for him.

"I enjoyed the experience. It made it more realistic in my mind. It's something that I much better understand," he said.

When asked about the prospect of him running for president in 2016, Ryan said his focus now is on the fiscal work in front him and serving his constituents, not his long-term political aspirations.

"I shouldn't be clouding my judgment today by thinking about some political thing four years from now," Ryan said.

Sean Sullivan has covered national politics for The Washington Post since 2012.
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