On Tuesday in a press conference Speaker Paul Ryan ended speculations about a 2016 run for president.
“Let me be clear: I do not want, nor will I accept the Republican nomination,”Said Ryan
Ryan has been suggested as a potential presidential contender if no current Republican candidate wins the nomination. The potential for a contested convention has increased as Trump struggles to reach the 1,237 delegates needed to secure the nomination.
“Let me speak directly to the delegates on this: If no candidate has a majority on the first ballot, I believe you should only choose a person who actually participated in the primary,” he said. “If you want to be the nominee — to be the president — you should actually run for it.”
Ryan stressed that saying he won’t run for president is different from his refusal and then acceptance of the call to become speaker of the house. Ryan initially said no to becoming speaker of the House but later agreed to take the position.
“Being speaker of the house is a far cry from being President of the United States.” Said Ryan
Sources close to Ryan told NBC News that part of his calculation for making such a big and public announcement on Tuesday is the issue of “character.”
Ryan became concerned that his work as speaker would be misinterpreted