House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) again insisted Sunday he would not seek his party’s nomination for President if the convention opens without a clear majority for frontrunner Donald Trump or another candidate.
Ryan told The Times Of Israel during his first trip abroad since he assumed the speakership he decided not to run for the nation’s highest office, which hasn’t changed.
“I think you should run if you’re going to be President. I think you should start in Iowa and run to the tape,” he told the paper, citing his “young family” and a “deep bench” of Republican candidates among his reasons for not running.
Asked whether he would step up for the Republican nomination in the event of a possible brokered summer convention, Ryan replied, “No, I’ve already said that that’s not me.”
“My goal is to be neutral and dispassionate,” Ryan, who will chair the convention, said. “Nothing’s changed other than the perception that this is more likely to become an open convention than we thought before.”