Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) wants to wait until the "dust settles" before weighing in on whether the police in Ferguson, Missouri, were right to crack down on protesters with tear gas and smoke bombs.

The 2012 GOP vice presidential nominee sought to steer clear of the fraught topic on Tuesday as he began a round of interviews surrounding the launch of his new book, The Way Forward: Renewing the American Idea.

“I think it’s more important to be respectful of what’s happened, try to get to the truth and let the investigation take its hold,” Ryan told Time.

Our police tactics, do they need to be reviewed? That’s something we should look at when the dust settles on all of this. But the rush to judgment with some broad brush assessment on all law enforcement tactics with respect to this particular incident, I think it’s a little premature to do that.”

He made similar comments in a televised interview on CNN later on Tuesday.

Ryan hasn't ruled out a presidential bid in 2016, and his caution stands in contrast to that of a likely Republican contender for the White House, Sen Rand Paul (Ky.) Paul last week penned an op/ed for Time.com in which he forcefully called for an end to the "militarization" of local police departments.