Ryan: Taking over tax-writing committee won’t preclude ’16 bid

Ryan: Taking over tax-writing committee won’t preclude ’16 bid

Rep. Paul Ryan is not bothered by suggestions that taking over Congress’ main tax-writing committee might stand in the way of a White House bid.

The Wisconsin Republican and his allies say such a powerful post only stands to help him boost his credentials.

But that pitch for the White House is not imminent. Ryan says any decision on a presidential campaign won’t come this year. In the meantime, he is preparing to take over the powerful House Ways and Means Committee.

House Republicans are set to pick committee chairmen next week, and Ryan is seen as shoo-in.

Ryan’s advisers say a decision on the 2016 presidential race will come in 2015, and there’s no sign he’s eager to run.

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