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Speaker of the House Paul Ryan released a promo video Thursday that looked a lot like a man who wants to be president.
— Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) April 7, 2016
Ryan’s communications director Mike Ricci refuted that claim after it was suggested by the Drudge Report.
PAUL RYAN LAUNCHES FIRST CAMPAIGN AD? https://t.co/H0szDhzrhV
— DRUDGE REPORT (@DRUDGE_REPORT) April 7, 2016
Nope, but thanks for the clicks! https://t.co/uPvJOcEozD
— Mike Ricci (@riccimike) April 8, 2016
But it’s tough to argue the optics.
Ryan’s name has been bandied about as an establishment-choice potential to swoop in at the convention and grab the Republican presidential nomination if no one reaches the magic number of 1,237 delegates prior to the delegation.
Despite the rumors, Ryan’s camp denies the video has anything to do with him running for president.
“Upon taking this job, Speaker Ryan was clear he would need to do things differently. Speaker Ryan is a communications speaker, as he promised. Ryan introduced the ‘#confidentamerica’ theme in a speech at the start of his speakership,” Ryan’s press secretary AshLee Strong told TheBlaze. “The ‘State of American’ politics speech was a natural follow up. American should be confident in its policies and politics.”
Many people weren’t buying the long-winded explanation.
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Hmm, despite what Paul Ryan says, this definitely looks like a presidential campaign ad https://t.co/vL7rcQ7xcf
— The GOP Report (@TheGOPReport) April 8, 2016
Hilarious new “not ad for presidential campaign” from Paul Ryan https://t.co/yFcEw1CeUm
— Sam Seder (@SamSeder) April 8, 2016
Um, do Speakers typically put out videos that look incredibly close to a campaign ad? https://t.co/Mkx92OA9Ng
— Amy Williams (@Okiemama18) April 7, 2016
Oh hey this is definitely NOT something you’d put out if you weren’t laying presidential groundwork. https://t.co/1gWVvuxlqN
— Brad Mielke (@TheBradMielke) April 7, 2016
Getting some major “I’m about to run for president” vibes from this https://t.co/JYU4xG7VOm
— Taylor Maycan (@TaylorMaycan) April 7, 2016
— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) April 8, 2016
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