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CNBC Digital Exclusive: Excerpt: Speaker of the House Paul Ryan Sits Down with CNBC Chief Washington Correspondent John Harwood

WHEN: Today, Wednesday, March 16th

WHERE: CNBC.com's Speakeasy with John Harwood

Following is an excerpt from the CNBC.com exclusive interview with Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and Chief Washington Correspondent John Harwood for CNBC.com's Speakeasy with John Harwood. Following is a link to the video on CNBC.com: http://video.cnbc.com/gallery/?video=3000501904&play=1. The full interview will be available Thursday, March 17th.

All references must be sourced to CNBC.com.

JOHN HARWOOD: ​When people talk about the prospect of a convention that isn't decisive, you are suspect number one for who could be--


​​PAUL RYAN: ​That's when I take a sip of Guinness.


​​JOHN HARWOOD: ​-- who could be drafted. have you categorically ruled out accepting that--


​​PAUL RYAN: I just don't--


​​JOHN HARWOOD: if you were asked to do it, if the convention asked you to do it?


​​PAUL RYAN: You know, it's funny, but I actually think you should run for president if you're gonna be president, if you wanna be president. I'm not running for president. I made that decision, consciously, not to. I don't see that happening. I'm not thinking about it. I'm happy where I am, so no. You know, this is not--


​​JOHN HARWOOD: ​Don't intend to do it, you're not making a Sherman statement about that though.


​​PAUL RYAN: You know, I haven't given any thought to this stuff. People say, "What about the contested convention?" I say, well, there are a lotta people running for president, we'll see. Who knows.

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