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House Speaker Paul Ryan: 'count me out' of 2016 presidential bid

In this photo taken March 23, 2016, House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis. speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. House Speaker Paul Ryan says he will not accept a nomination to run for president in 2016 (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

House Speaker Paul Ryan set the record straight, saying "I want to put this to rest once and for all."

"Count me out," he said, referring to any proposed bid for him to run in the 2016 race for the White House.

After a week-long trip to the Middle East with a plan of discussing ISIS and other issues, the GOP Speaker said he was asked about it "everywhere I went."

"I do not want, nor will I accept the nomination for our party," he said.

Instead, the Wisconsin Republican said that he has an obligation as speaker to show the public that, "we can once again be an optimistic party... we want a party defined by solutions."

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Some however, question the official announcement, given Ryan's remarks last year that he would not be a candidate for Speaker of the House, stating "I continue to believe I can best serve the country & this conference as Chairman of the Ways & Means."

Speaker Ryan refuted - saying to skeptics who point to this example that "those are apples and oranges" to compare. He said the process was a "far cry" from being nominated to the presidency "without even running for the job."

Referring to the current race, he said "insults get ink more than ideas, but we still owe it to the country... to give a clear picture, a clear choice."


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