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Congressman Paul Ryan won't entertain thoughts of '16 election


JANESVILLE, WI (WTAQ) - 2016? Don’t go there, says Paul Ryan.

The House Budget Chairman from Janesville is already being touted by many Republicans who want to see Ryan at the top of the ticket next time.

But in a series of media interviews Monday, Ryan said almost everybody’s tired of presidential politics – and he won’t stir the pot by talking about it right now.

Ryan lost his first election last week, when President Obama defeated Republican Mitt Romney and his Wisconsin running mate.

Even after a week, Ryan still calls it a “foreign experience” that’s tough to describe. But his tireless campaigning scored high marks from Republicans – and his relative youth helped him.

The 42-year-old Ryan was the first Generation “X” candidate on a major presidential ticket.

Ryan was re-elected to his House seat. But Kenosha Democrat Rob Zerban took advantage of Ryan’s absence during much of the fall campaign, by getting to within 11-and-a-half points of winning.

That was Ryan’s smallest victory margin in his 8 House campaigns – and he lost in his home town of Janesville in both his presidential and congressional races.