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Former Republican V.P. candidate Paul Ryan said Sunday on Meet the Press that the nation’s fiscal crisis would be different right now under Hillary Clinton.

“Look, if we had a [Hillary] Clinton presidency, if we had Erskine Bowles as chief of staff … I think we would have fixed this fiscal mess by now," Ryan said.

"[But] that’s not the kind of presidency we’re dealing with right now.”

Paul Ryan on Hillary Clinton

Bowles was chief of staff to former President Bill Clinton, and currently co-chairs the Campaign to Fix The Debt, a bipartisan deficit reduction effort.


The praise was especially noteworthy because speculation abounds in Washington over both Ryan and Clinton’s presidential prospects in 2016.

Neither has responded to questions about their future plans.

Considered a major star in the GOP, Ryan was noncommittal about plans to run for president in 2016. Asked what he thinks about running, he said, “I don’t.”

“I think it’s just premature," he added, "I’ve got a job to do. I represent Wisconsin, I’m chairman of the budget committee at the time we have a fiscal crisis.”

In the couched translation of Washington-speak, Mitt Romney‘s 2012 running mate response leaves the door wide open for him to run in 2016.

He’s certainly well versed in going after the incumbent.

In one of a number of jabs at President Obama during the interview, Paul Ryan said, "I don’t think that the president thinks we actually have a fiscal crisis."