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Paul Ryan: There’s No ‘Civil War In The Republican Party’

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Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., House Budget Committee Chairman, speaks during the American Conservative Union Conference on March 6, 2014 in National Harbor, Md. (credit: BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., House Budget Committee Chairman, speaks during the American Conservative Union Conference on March 6, 2014 in National Harbor, Md. (credit: BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., is downplaying any type of “civil war” within the Republican Party.

Speaking to CBS News’ “Face the Nation” Sunday, the 2012 Republican vice presidential nominee called the differences the party is internally facing “creative tension.”

“We are not having disagreements with each other on principles or even policies. The biggest disagreements that have occurred have been really over tactics,” Ryan told “Face the Nation.” “I don’t think there’s really this vast civil war in the Republican Party like many in the left like to suggest there is. I think we’re a party with a vibrant debate, adding ideas, solving problems, and I think we’re going to be okay.”

Ryan acknowledged that he will sit down with his family next year to determine if he wants to run for president in 2016.

“I have a responsibility in the majority in the House of Representatives that I feel I ought to attend to,” Ryan stated. “And then I’ll worry about those things after this election.”

One job he doesn’t want, though, is Speaker of the House in case current House Speaker John Boehner retires at some point.

“I think there are other places that I’d rather be than that. John Boehner’s doing a fine job. I know he’s controversial, but he’s doing a very, very, good job,” Ryan told “Face the Nation.”

Speaking to the Conservative Political Action Conference Thursday, Ryan urged conservative activists to “give each other the benefit of the doubt” in the debate over the party’s future.

“We, your representatives, we have to earn this benefit of the doubt,” Ryan said. “We have to offer a vision. We have to explain where we want to take the country and how we’re going to get there.”

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