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FILE - In this June 9, 2015 file photo, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., is seen in his office on Capitol Hill in Washington.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan does not want to be speaker of the House.

The Wisconsin Republican on Thursday issued a statement saying he was disappointed in Rep. Kevin McCarthy's surprise decision to withdraw from the contest to replace Rep. John Boehner.

Ryan had said when Boehner announced his resignation that he wasn't interested in being speaker, and he repeated that Thursday.

Ryan says McCarthy is the best person to lead the House and he is disappointed in his decision. Ryan says it's important for Republicans to deliberate and find new candidates, but that won't include him.

Ryan serves as chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee.