Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) came as close as a politician might to saying that he would not be the candidate nominated for President during the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.
Lately there has been some speculation that neither Donald Trump, nor Ted Cruz would be the eventual GOP nominee for the presidency, and that at the RNC a completely new candidate might be nominated to run. The name that pops up most often with such speculation seems to be Representative Ryan (who was the GOP Vice Presidential nominee in 2012). However, Speaker Ryan has said on several occasions that this was all just speculation, and that he was of the belief that if you wanted to be the nominee for President, you should run for the office.
It’s not exactly a promise, but it’s likely as close as we’ll come to one.
Hugh Hewitt: All right, now I want to turn to, you are going to be the chairman of our Republican Party Convention. I say our. I’m a Republican, for new listeners to the Hugh Hewitt Show at this hour, and longstanding member. I’ve always been an activist. You’re the chairman of the convention. You told the Times of Israel I decided not to run for president. I think you should run if you’re going to be president. I think you should start in Iowa and run to the tape. I get that. But you are going to be chairman, and there is quite a lot of talk about Rule 40B. Do you think the rules of the 2012 Convention ought to bind this convention, Mr. Speaker?
Paul Ryan: You know, I don’t know, that’s not my decision. That is going to be up to the delegates. I’m going to be an honest broker, and make sure that the convention follows the rules as the delegates make the rules. As you probably know, the Rules Committee meets the week before the convention. I believe it’s two delegates from each state and territory, about 112 people, who’ll set the rules, and I’m not going to make an opinion or a judgment one way or the other, because it’s their decision, the delegates’ decision, who are the grassroots of the party, by the way. It should not be our decision as leaders. It is the delegates’ decision. So I’m not going to comment on what these rules look like or not. But I do believe people put my name in this thing, and I say get my name out of that. This is, if you want to be president, you should go run for president. And that’s just the way I see it.
Hugh Hewitt: So you’re not the fresh face that Karl Rove was talking about?
Paul Ryan: No, I’m not the fresh face. I’m not that person. I’d like to think my face is somewhat fresh, but I’m not for this conversation. I think you need to run for president if you’re going to be president, and I’m not running for president. So period, end of story.
So, can we trust the Speaker? Will he not accept the nomination if the RNC tries to hand it to him in July? I’m not so sure he’d be able to turn them down…