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Exclusive: Paul Ryan on Presidential Run: 'I’m not really leaving my options open'


In an exclusive interview with The Brody File, Rep. Paul Ryan says he’s not interested in running for President of the United States.

When asked whether he’s leaving his options open he said:

“I’m not really leaving my options open. I’m not trying to give you loose talk. If you’re running for president you’ve got to be running for president. You’ve got to be lining it all up. You’ve got to be going to Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina. I’m not doing any of those things. I am fighting to clean up this budget mess in Washington. We’re in the middle of a budget fight and I really think that I can do more for my constituency and country right where I am.”

The Brody File interviewed Congressman Ryan before his speech at Friday’s Faith and Freedom Coalition event. You can watch some clips from the interview below.

Check The Brody File for other exclusive backstage interviews including Jon Huntsman, Tim Pawlenty, Ron Paul, Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, Donald Trump, RNC Chairman Reince Priebus and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor.

Ralph Reed’s event is an important stop for prospective presidential candidates. They’re speaking to hundreds of key GOP Primary voters, made up of both Evangelicals and Tea Party members. The Brody File calls them, “Teavangelicals.”

His Faith and Freedom Coalition organization made a huge difference at the ballot box in 2010 and they’re expecting to make an even bigger splash in 2012.

Video Courtesy: CBN News/The Brody File

Congressman Paul Ryan on Running for President:

David Brody: There are a lot of people who want you to run for president. Would you consider it? The key is the word consider?

Rep. Paul Ryan: I’m really not doing that. The reason is I really do believe I can make a big difference where I am right now. I helped start a budget fight. I helped start this budget conversation in America. I want to see it through and as chairman of the House Budget Committee I think I’m in a pretty good position to do that.

Brody: But you’re leaving your options open?

Ryan: I’m not really leaving m options open. I’m not trying to give you loose talk. If you’re running for president you’ve got to be running for president. You’ve got to be lining it all up. You’ve got to be going to Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina.

I’m not doing any of those things. I am fighting to clean up this budget mess in Washington. We’re in the middle of a budget fight and I really think that I can do more for my constituency and country right where I am.

Congressman Paul Ryan on Whether GOP Budget Should Be A Litmus Test For Presidential Candidates:

Brody: Everybody is talking about this litmus test of your GOP budget and these GOP presidential candidates. Do you believe they need to take a stand one way or another on this?

Ryan: No. I don’t see it that way but they need to offer solutions. I don’t think you can serve as president if you don’t actually have ideas and plans on how to solve the biggest problem in our country; our fiscal problem.

So we’re not saying you must take it or leave the House Republican budget but what we’re saying is if you don’t like the House Republican budget put your ideas out there on how to solve this fiscal mess.

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