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Ryan spokesman: Encouraged by support, but 'not changed his mind'

A report out today from the Weekly Standard notes that Congressman Paul Ryan is considering a run for the presidency.


Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI)

In response to the story, Ryan's spokesman acknowledges that the congressman -- who has taken criticism for his budget plan that would partially privatize Medicare -- has been encouraged to run.

"While grateful for the continued support and encouragement, Congressman Ryan has not changed his mind," spokesman Kevin Seifert told NBC by email.

Seifert also points to Ryan's appearance on NBC's Meet the Press, in which he said, "I'm not running for president," but that "You never know what opportunities present themselves way down the road."

Here's that full question and answer:

Meet the Press, May 22, 2011:

MR. GREGORY: Understood. There's a little bit of door opening there, though, the door's a bit ajar. And you know how, you know how this works.

Rep. Ryan: It's not door opening, it's just--I do know how this works, and I'm not going to get into all these hypotheticals in the future. My point is I'm not running for president. You never know what opportunities present themselves way down the road. I'm not talking about right now. And I want to focus on fixing the fiscal problems of this country. And I really believe, David, where I am as chairman of the House Budget Committee puts me in a great position to, to be a great contributor to this debate.