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Not everyone is buying what Paul Ryan is selling.
House Speaker Ryan, R-Wis., said Tuesday that he would not accept the Republican presidential nomination, encouraging GOP delegates to select someone who participated in the process.
Ryan has consistently denied seeking the Republican presidential bid in the event of a contested convention this July. But skepticism remains as some top Republicans, including Charles Koch, remain committed to recruiting the Wisconsin Republican.
“I do not want, nor will I accept, the nomination for our party,” Ryan said at the Republican National Committee’s headquarters in Washington. He then addressed the delegates directly advising them how to proceed if no candidate is chosen after the convention’s first ballot.
“I believe that you should only choose from a person who has actually participated in the primary,” Ryan said. He continued:
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. I chose not to do this, therefore I should not be considered. Period. End of story.
Coincidentally, Ryan was adamantly against taking the speaker’s gavel last year before accepting the job, going so far as to release this statement in October supporting California Rep. Kevin McCarthy, who withdrew from the race after failing to secure the required 218 votes in the House:
Kevin McCarthy is the best person to lead the House, and so I’m disappointed in this decision. Now it is important that we, as a Conference, take time to deliberate and seek new candidates for the speakership. While I am grateful for the encouragement I’ve received, I will not be a candidate. I continue to believe I can best serve the country and this conference as Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee.
Paul Ryan rules himself out once again for House speaker http://t.co/M4pzM94skJ
— Jason Stein (@jasonmdstein) October 8, 2015
In light of Ryan’s announcement, one person on Twitter thought it was hardly the end of the Wisconsin Republican’s presidential campaign, and really just the beginning:
Ryan quashed any correlation between his reluctance to accept the speakership and today’s announcement, telling NBC News reporter Luke Russert the two positions are “entirely different.”
Paul Ryan on taking the speakership versus POTUS nom: “Those are apples and oranges… Completely non sequitur comparison in my book.”
— Sahil Kapur (@sahilkapur) April 12, 2016
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