Ryan Remains: `Focused, Here, Now’

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Representative Paul Ryan arrives for a town hall meeting outside the Clinton County Courthouse in Clinton, Iowa.

Paul Ryan is not going anywhere anytime soon.

There has been speculation that the former Republican vice presidential candidate might resign his seat in Congress, maybe to decamp to a think tank or university in preparation for a 2016 run for president.

That would allow the Wisconsin congressman and House Budget Committee chairman to safeguard his image, maybe write a book and avoid having to decide whether to support any messy deficit compromises that might include tax increases.

Ryan scotched that idea today in a brief interview.

“Yes,” he said, when asked if he will serve out what will be his eighth term in office starting in January.

“I just got renewed at Budget,” Ryan said, referring to party leaders excusing him from their term-limit rules so he may remain as Budget  chairman. “I’m focused on the here and the now.”

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