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Update: Sources Say Paul Ryan Has Discussed 2012 Aspirations With Boehner


“Despite a new round of urging and conversations, nothing has changed.”

Roll Call has communicated with a source that says Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan has discussed his possible entrance into the 2012 presidential race with House Speaker John Boehner.

"In fact, Ryan discussed the matter with Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) when the subject of whether he should be appointed to the bipartisan Joint Committee on Deficit Reduction arose, according to this source."

The source however goes on to speculate that Ryan is still leaning to the side of holding off on running in 2012 for the strain the national campaign and fundraising requirements would put on time with his wife and young children, not his chances against other Republicans.

“Despite a new round of urging and conversations, nothing has changed,” the Wisconsin operative told Roll Call. “People continue to urge Paul Ryan to run — that group is growing, not shrinking. But I am unaware of anything changing his calculus or plan to do that.”

“He’s not intimidated by Rick Perry or anything,” the operative said.

The renewed focus in Ryan for president despite months of the congressman denying the notion came out of the blue with a Weekly Standard blog post yesterday:

"Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan is strongly considering a run for president. Ryan, who has been quietly meeting with political strategists to discuss a bid over the past three months, is on vacation in Colorado discussing a prospective run with his family."

The theory gained steam when Ryan appeared on local radio with conservative talk show host Charlie Sykes. When asked if he was pleased with the GOP field and if the current candidates can articulate the big issues, Ryan responded: “We’ll see. I didn’t see it last night. I haven’t seen it to date. We’ll see. People’s campaigns evolve – they get better. So we’ll see.”

Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Speaker oBoehner, House Republican Study Committee Chairman Jim Jordan have all encouraged Ryan to run for president.

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