Paul Ryan Hopes to Put to Rest Rumors of Presidential Bid
By NBC News
House Speaker Paul Ryan plans on holding a press conference Tuesday afternoon to put to rest — he hopes — once and for all speculation about running this year for president, sources tell NBC News.
The Wisconsin lawmaker has been suggested as a potential presidential contender if no current Republican candidate nets the 1237 delegates required to win the nomination. A contested GOP convention could impact party morale.
Ryan has consistently said he will not seek the nomination. Last year, Ryan in a phone interview with NBC News said he would not seek the presidency in 2016.
"I have decided that I am not going to run for president in 2016," Ryan said in a phone interview last year, noting that he is "at peace" with the decision he made "weeks ago" to forgo a bid for the White House.
In an interview with the Times of Israel last week he again ruled out the prospects of a presidential run.
"I decided not to run for president," he said while in Israel. "I think you should run if you're going to be president. I think you should start in Iowa and run to the tape."
Ryan initially also said no to becoming speaker of the House and only agreed to take the position after certain stipulations were met. Since taking up the post he's worked to unify the GOP House caucus.
Ryan has also been deeply critical of the tenor of the current state of the race.
In a speech last month "on the state of American politics", Ryan decried the idea of winning elections by "dividing people."
The comments were seen as a thinly-veiled reference to Republican frontrunner, Donald Trump.
Friday, January 19 2018 12:47 PM EST2018-01-19 17:47:12 GMT
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