Paul Ryan: Sorry Guys, It’s Still No

FILE - House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., goes before the House Rules Committee for final work on his budget to fund the government in fiscal year 2015, at the Capitol in Washington, in this April 7, ... FILE - House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., goes before the House Rules Committee for final work on his budget to fund the government in fiscal year 2015, at the Capitol in Washington, in this April 7, 2014 file photo. The plan being considered Thursday April 10, 2014 is a nonbinding framework aimed more at engaging GOP voters than rival Democrats. The budget plan from Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., revives a now-familiar list of spending cuts to promise balance, including $2.1 trillion over 10 years in health care subsidies and coverage under the Affordable Care Act; $732 billion in cuts to Medicaid and other health care programs; and almost $1 trillion in cuts to other benefit programs like food stamps, Pell Grants and farm subsidies. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File) MORE LESS
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Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) told NBC News through a spokesperson Friday that despite Republicans calling for him to enter the race for Speaker of the House, he’s still not interested.

The news comes after Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) and other party leaders had said they were campaigning for the House Ways and Means Committee chair, and that Ryan would take the weekend to consider entering the race to succeed John Boehner.

Paul has repeatedly disputed he would enter the race, and said Thursday after Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) abruptly dropped out of the race: “I will not be a candidate.”

Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) who announced his candidacy for Speaker earlier this week, also told NBC Friday he would step aside if Ryan decided to throw his hat in the ring.

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