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US House Speaker Paul Ryan Rules Out Presidential Bid
   2016-04-13 08:54:08    CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Xie Cheng

Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Paul D. Ryan of Wisconsin conducts a news conference at the RNC where he reiterates that he will not seek the Republican nomination for president on April 12, 2016. [Photo: Imagine China]

Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, has issued his most strongly-worded indication yet, that he will not be a candidate for the Republican Presidential nomination.

The statement comes in response to widespread speculation that Ryan could emerge as an eleventh-hour candidate at a brokered Republican National Convention in July.

Ryan says that, if no candidate has a clear majority at the convention, the eventual nominee should still be chosen from the slate of candidates who have taken part in the nominating process.

"We have too much work to do in the House to allow this speculation to swirl, or to have my motivations questioned. So let me be clear, I do not want, nor will I accept, the nomination for our party. If no candidate has a majority on the first ballot, I believe that you should only choose form a person who has actually participated in the primary. Count me out. I simply believe that if you want to be the nominee of 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."

As speculation around Ryan had ramped up, some conservatives in the Republican party had warned that a move to install the House Speaker as nominee would cause a backlash among party activists.

On the Democratic side, Party chairperson Debbie Wasserman Schultz issued a statement saying that, given the current chaotic state of the Republican race, she was not surprised that Ryan chose not to jump in front of, what she described as, a "train wreck."

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