Update: In Ryan's remarks to party delegates, he stated that, "Let me be clear: I do not want, nor will I accept the nomination for our party."
"Count me out: I simply believe that if you want to be the nominee for our party to be the president, you should actually run for it," he said. "I chose not to do this, therefore I should not be considered. Period. End of story."
These appear to be firm words that definitively shut the door on a potential Ryan presidency.
Amidst rampant speculation that the Republican Party is attempting to host a brokered convention in July and give the Republican nomination to one of their establishment darlings, Paul Ryan, Ryan has come out to lay these rumors to rest.
According to CNN, Ryan will make a statement at Republican National Committee headquarters, assuring the party and the public that he will not be accepting a nomination “under any circumstance.”
“He's going to rule himself out and put this to rest once and for all,” a Ryan aide commented.
Because none of the Republican candidates will likely amass a majority of the delegates by the time of the convention, the Republican Party has been hoping to swoop in during a contested convention and prop up one of their own, rather than give the nomination to an outsider such as Trump (who, despite his numerous faults, is not beholden to donor interests).
Ryan’s name has been bandied about due to his position as Speaker of the House, as well his close ties to the Koch brothers; the Kochs have abstained from much involvement in the election thus far, since none of their chosen candidates emerged victorious, and still have over $900 million to donate this election cycle.
The Kochs pushed Ryan’s bid for vice president in 2012 with Mitt Romney, and the rumors are that they are similarly pushing for a presidential bid this time around. However, with Ryan officially rejecting this option, it seems the billionaires will have to find a different puppet’s strings to pull.
The contested convention will likely be heated, and as CNN notes, “Ryan aides believe even a late entry would not be feasible and would divide the party even further.”
This is good news for Donald Trump and Ted Cruz, but bad news for the GOP—the party may just have to try their luck with John Kasich.
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