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Paul Ryan says that his best shot at a presidential run would've been in 2016

Published by Business Insider on Sun, 01 Nov 2015

Newly-elected House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) says that he is not worried about if his role as speaker will taint any chance to run for president in the future because he already missed his best shot.Speaking with CNN's Dana Bash in an interview that aired on Sunday, Ryan said that if he wanted to run for president, he would've done so this election cycle."If I really wanted to be president, I would have run in this cycle for the presidency. I had the chance an opportunity to do so. I chose not to do that," Ryan said. "So I'm perfectly happy and content with this decision."Ryan's White House ambitions have been a point of speculation for years as he has remained on the sidelines in leadership shakeups in the House Republican caucus.Many analysts and commentators note that the newly-elected speaker has avoided climbing the ladder in the House partially because of his desire to spend time with his young children, but also as a way to avoidbattles that could hurt him should he make a run for the White House.In a separate CNN interview conducted earlier this week, former House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said thatRyan chose to take on the role of speakerdespite his likely desire to be president.I think he wouldve liked to be president but I think hes figured out God had another plan for him," Boehner said.Though he declared early on that he wouldnot run in 2016, there was some push to get Ryan into the race. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R), who chose Ryan as his vice presidential running mate in 2012, had reportedly nudgedRyan to make a 2016 bid before the congressman decided that he wouldn't seek the presidency.Join the conversation about this storyNOW WATCH: The worst US war conspiracies that were actually real
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