Paul Ryan: “I do not want, nor will I accept the nomination for our party”
By: Annie Yager, Xiro Xone News April 12, 2016 Updated: 1:50 AM
House Speaker Paul Ryan made it “clear” to rule out, any possibility of him potentially emerging as a consensus presidential candidate.
"Let me be clear: I do not want, nor will I accept the nomination for our party," he said during remarks at the Republican National Committee headquarters in Washington.
"So let me speak directly to the delegates on this: If no candidate has a majority on the first ballot, I believe that you should only choose from a person who has actually participated in the primary. Count me out," Ryan said.
"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."
Speaker Ryan initially said no to becoming speaker of the House and only agreed to take the position after certain stipulations were met.
Ryan stressed the contrast of not running for president is different from his initial refusal and then acceptance of the call to become speaker. The distinction, he said, is because he was already a member of Congress and was simply adding to his role.
"Apples and oranges," he said, "Being speaker of the house is a far cry from being President of the United States."