Paul Ryan: 'Count Me Out' of two thousand sixteen Presidential Running

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Source:   —  April 13, 2016, at 2:45 AM

"Count me out," he said, "I simply believe that if you wish to be the nominee — to be the president — you should actually running for it.

Paul Ryan: 'Count Me Out' of two thousand sixteen Presidential Running

House Speaker Paul Ryan in a press conference Tuesday afternoon keep to rest speculation about a two thousand sixteen running for president.

"Count me out," he said, "I simply believe that if you wish to be the nominee — to be the president — you should actually running for it. I chose not to. Therefore, I shouldn't be considered. Period."

Ryan said he wanted to keep to rest once and for all speculation about running this year for president.

"Let me be clear: I don't want, nor will I accept the Republican nomination," he said.

The WI lawmaker has been suggested as a potential presidential contender if number current Republican candidate nets the one thousand two hundred thirty-seven delegates required to win the nomination. A contested GOP conference could impact party morale.

While Ryan ruled out becoming the party nominee and said it should be someone who ran for president this cycle, he encouraged regulation clarification that'd only authorize someone who ran during the current cycle to be keep forward.

Ryan has consistently said he'll not seek the nomination. Latest year, Ryan in a phone interview with NBC News said he'd not seek the presidency in two thousand-sixteenth.

"I have decided that I'm not going to running for president in two thousand-sixteenth," Ryan said latest year, noting that he's "at peace" with the decision he made "weeks ago" to forgo a tender for the White House.

In an interview with the Times of Israel latest week he again ruled out the prospects of a presidential run.

"I decided not to running for president," he said while in Israel. "I think you should running if you're going to be president. I think you should start in IA and running to the tape."

Ryan initially also said number to becoming speaker of the House and only agreed to get the position after certain stipulations were met. Since taking up the post he'south worked to unify the GOP House caucus.

Ryan stressed that saying he won't 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 distant cry from being President of the United States."

Ryan has also been deeply critical of the tenor of the current state of the presidential race.

In a speech latest mo "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.

Sources near to Ryan tell NBC News that portion of his calculation for making such a huge and public announcement on Tuesday is the issue of "character."

Ryan became increasingly concerned that his public work as speaker would be misinterpreted including his trips and his policy ideas with some kind of "ulterior motive." He wanted to create clear that his public work isn't a shadow campaign to be drafted as the party'south nominee.

On another level, there was an increasing sense that basic operations of the House would be disrupted by the ongoing speculation.

Despite repeated insistence that he wasn't interested in running for president, Ryan tried Tuesday to also reassure House members that he's with them as they legislate and many running for reelection.

A congressional aide told NBC News, "We have a lot we wish to still do, and we wish to hold doing it."

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