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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

 1:56 PM 

Reports: Ryan discussing presidential bid

A spokesman for U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan says the Janesville Republican appreciates the encouragement he’s received about a bid for the presidency, but has not changed his mind about staying out of the race.

The Weekly Standard and Roll Call reported today that Ryan has had discussions in recent months about a possible bid for the presidency. The Weekly Standard quoted a source that Ryan was more open to a bid than he has been previously.

Ryan spokesman Kevin Seifert said Ryan has received encouragement from others to get into the race. But he said that is not exclusive to Ryan and assumed Republicans like New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie are hearing the same thing as some look for alternatives to the current GOP presidential field.

“Paul’s been asked this question a number of times,” Seifert said. “His answer in his mind hasn’t changed. I think he appreciates the support and words of encouragement that he continues to receive.”

Ryan is in Colorado this week on vacation.


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