Once and for all Speaker of the House Paul Ryan wants to make sure that everyone knows that he will not be the 2016 Republican nominee for president. Rumors have run rampant since the strong possibility that an open GOP convention became apparent.
Only front runner Donald Trump has a chance to reach the 1,237 delegates needed to secure the nomination on the first ballot. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Ohio Gov. John Kasich hope to secure the nomination during the open convention.
Meanwhile, the so called best compromise candidate Speaker Ryan is putting an end to those rumors when he appears later today at the Republican National Committee’s headquarters on Capitol Hill for a 3:15 p.m. press conference to make it official.
As Ryan (R-Wisc.) has said a number of times he has ruled out running for president multiple times, but the denials have not stuck. He has said he believes the 2016 GOP nominee should be chosen from the pool of more than two dozen candidates who have run for the job.
Serving as the Speaker of the House Ryan will be the head of the 2016 GOP Convention this July in Cleveland and that is as far as he wants to be involved. Ryan ruled out his own run for the nation’s highest office when he took the job as house speaker.
Meanwhile, Trump continues to try to win the 1,237 delegates through the primaries that are left on the calendar, while Cruz is looking to perhaps get the nomination on the second ballot at the convention through poaching delegates. Kasich is hoping to end up as the comprise candidate after the dust settles in Cleveland.
So, once and for all the Draft Ryan idea is off the table and if it should not be one of the nominee’s presently running for the office then it is anyone’s guess who the 2016 GOP nominee will be, but it won’t be Ryan.