Janesville, Wisconsin (CNN) - House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan was on his annual summer camping trip with his family last month and then the quiet of the woods was interrupted.
"All of these stories started exploding saying whether I was going to run for President or not," the Republican congressman told CNN in his first television interview since re-affirming his decision he would not seek his party's presidential nomination.
"A lot of people tried to convince me I should jump in this race. As you can tell the race has not formed fully yet. My answer really hadn't changed. If I really wanted to run for president I would have done it months ago," he said citing his young children as a key factor against jumping in.
"I think any job in politics you can have balance with your family, but I am not so sure you can do that with this particular job. And so I just couldn't get over that, and when other people want you to run for President more badly than you yourself do I think that kind of says something," he said.
He has voiced concern previously about the Republican candidates not emphasizing enough his core issues of deficit control and the need to tackle the nation's mounting debt. He told CNN he is confident they will come to adequately address these issues.
"People are worried that this election is not going to be cast in the way it ought to be and that is why people have asked me to get, in but I think it will be. I do. I really do," he said. "It is getting there I think."
Ryan confirmed he and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who also has repeatedly said he will not seek the Republican nomination, spoke this summer about the presidential sweepstakes.
"We did talk a couple of times. We know each other, and we have talked a little bit over the phone just about the state of the country." He declined to talk details but said he would like to see Christie run.
Ryan said he thinks there is enough time for someone else to enter the race.
"It is not too late– look it is 2011 still. The election is in 2012. You know Iowa is not until January. So there is time. So I don't think I'd say this late date. I think you saw the first tier of candidates. Now you see another tier of candidates, and I don't see this as too late."
So far, he said he has not been contacted by the current contenders seeking his endorsement and added right now he doesn't have a favorite among them.
He told CNN the fight for his party's nomination fight should not automatically follow precedent.
"We have had a history in this party of kind of giving it to the next person in line. That is not the kind of nomination we need to have. This needs to be an election as great as the problems that we have which is it needs to be a referendum election on the American idea."
Asked if he would consider taking the vice presidential nomination of his party if offered he was non-committal.
"It is something that is out of my control. It is somebody else's decision, and right now I have decided whether it is Senate or president I think I can make a big difference for people in Wisconsin, for my kids, for my fellow countrymen as chairman of the House Budget Committee which has a big role in all of this."
Earlier this year he decided not to seek the Senate seat being vacated by Democrat Herb Kohl.