House Speaker Paul Ryan on Thursday deflected more questions about the rising popularity of presidential candidate Donald Trump, but did say House Republicans will promote their own message early next year rather than wait for their party's presidential nominee to define the GOP.

"I don't think we have the time to wait until a nomination arrives to then come up with an agenda to show America who we are and what we believe in," Ryan said.

While nominations have been wrapped up long before the conventions in past election years, Republicans fear it will take longer to pick the nominee this time around. Some have even suggested the GOP will have to resolve the nominating process themselves at the July Republican National Convention.

Ryan acknowledged Thursday the GOP presidential ticket may not be decided "until June or July." He also noted that as the chairman of the RNC, he must remain neutral before the process is settled.

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