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Paul Ryan Vows to Remain Neutral in 2016 GOP Race

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By    |   Monday, 02 Feb 2015 02:07 PM

Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan thinks his state's governor, Scott Walker, is a great leader, but says he's remaining neutral in the upcoming 2016 presidential race, while admitting he would have had trouble doing so if his 2012 running mate, Mitt Romney, had stayed in the mix.

As the leader of the Republican National Committee's presidential trust,  Ryan told NBC's Meet the Press  Sunday that he has to "be neutral in this," but "had Mitt jumped in, I think that would have changed circumstances."

In his role as presidential trust chairman, Ryan will be working to raise money and coordinate spending with whomever is chosen as the 2016 money, reports USA Today.

Ryan, who also chairs the House Ways and Means Committee, did praise Walker, who came out as the leader in a wide and growing field of potential GOP hopefuls in a Des Moines Register/Bloomberg Politics poll of likely Iowa GOP caucus goers over the weekend.

"Scott Walker’s a great governor," Ryan told NBC of his friend. "He’s a reform governor. He’s done some amazing things. We like to say in Wisconsin he’s so good, he got elected governor three times in four years."

Walker's numbers in the poll came after his star turn at the Iowa Freedom Summit last month, when his rousing speech met with cheers from conservatives attending the event.

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Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan thinks his state's governor, Scott Walker, is a great leader, but says he's remaining neutral in the upcoming 2016 presidential race, while admitting he would have had trouble doing so if his 2012 running mate, Mitt Romney, had stayed in the mix.
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