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09/30/2014 02:37 pm ET Updated Sep 30, 2014

Paul Ryan Says: I Won't Run For President In 2016 If Mitt Romney Runs Again

Paul Ryan is hesitant to discuss whether he'll make a run for the White House in 2016, but he told HuffPost Live he definitely won't mount a campaign if his former running mate Mitt Romney decides to give it another try.

"I wouldn't if he were. I would support Mitt. If he were to run, I would not," Ryan said Tuesday. "But I don't even know if I'm going to either myself. That's something I'm going to decide in 2015."

Romney recently added fuel to the speculation that he may not be done chasing the presidency during an interview with The New York Times. Asked if there's a chance he may run again in 2016, Romney said, "We've got a lot of people looking at the race. We'll see what happens."

Ryan told HuffPost Live that the country should "take Mitt at his word" that he is not planning another campaign.

"He thinks his time has come and gone. He wants other people to get into the race," Ryan said. "I think a lot of people, especially on our side of the aisle -- I am one of those, by the way -- think he would be a fantastic candidate. I would like to see him run again, but I think he's pretty clear that it's definitely not his intention. He's not trying to start this buzz, he's not trying to mount another comeback."

Ryan joined HuffPost Live to talk with host Marc Lamont Hill about his new book, The Way Forward: Renewing The American Idea.

Watch more of Ryan's comments about Romney and the White House in the video above, and see the full HuffPost live conversation here.

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