Paul Ryan Says He Will NOT Run For President

Posted: Apr 12 2016, 4:50pm CDT | by , in News | Latest Political News


Paul Ryan Says He Will NOT Run for President
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The Speaker of the House, Republican Paul Ryan, made an announcement today that will end speculation that he will make entrance into the Republican presidential race.

"Let me be clear: I do not want, nor will I accept the nomination for our party," Ryan said in remarks from the Republican National Committee's headquarters in Washington.

Ryan, who was addressing the Republican presidential delegates said, "I believe you should only choose from a person who has actually participated in the primary. Count me out."

However, it should be noted that Ryan also said he wouldn't accept the speakership, and then went on to take the position last fall. Still, Ryan went as far as suggesting that convention delegates should change the rule so that only the GOP Nomination only goes to someone who has actually been in the running to be the party's nominee.

When asked by CNN if he thinks only one of the final three Republican nominees, Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, and John Kasich, should be the nominee, Ryan didn't respond. He said, "I'll leave that up to the delegates."

"We should be selecting among people who actually ran for the job," Ryan emphasized.

There is more and more talk about a deadlocked convention that has become a distraction for many within the party. Ryan and his aides believe that even a late entry would not work, and may even divide the party even further.

Ryan said that whoever the candidate is should replace Obamacare, reform the tax code, address poverty and boost job creation.

Many in the part said choosing Ryan would only ruin things even more.

"The one thing that would completely destroy the party is coming out (of Cleveland) with Paul Ryan as the nominee," Republican South Carolina Rep. Mick Mulvaney said.

More conservatives told CNN that they opposed any individual who hasn't been campaigning from getting the nomination.

"To parachute someone in who hasn't run for the office, who hasn't done the grueling work of campaigning -- if you want to do something that heightens cynicism to all-time high, that would do it," Virginia Rep. Dave Brat told CNN on Monday.

Democratic National Committee Chairwoman, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, also had something to say about Ryan's announcement. She didn't think it came as something that was surprising.

"I'm not at all surprised he doesn't want to step in the way of this trainwreck," Wasserman Schultz said.

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