House Speaker Paul Ryan: ‘Count Me Out’ as GOP Presidential Nominee

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House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), responding to speculation that he could enter the presidential race as a candidate at a contested Republican convention, said that he does “not want, nor will I accept, the nomination of our party.”

Ryan’s name has been mentioned as a kind of white knight alternative to Donald Trump or Ted Cruz, who could enter the race if no candidate now running gets a majority of the delegates on the first ballot at the GOP convention in July.

Appearing before reporters in Washington on Tuesday, Ryan said that he “should not be considered period, end of story.”

“Count me out,” Ryan said.

Ryan also denied that he was interested in the job of Speaker of the House after John Boehner resigned last October, only to eventually agree to run for the post and win.

But at the press conference, Ryan said that comparing his reluctance back then to now are “apples and oranges.”

“Being speaker of the House is a far cry from being president of the United States,” he said.

He did speak out about the tone of the presidential race — saying that “insults get more ink than ideas.”

There are doubts that Trump can secure a majority of pledged delegates by the time of the convention. That has raised the prospect of a dramatic showdown on the convention floor.