John Boehner: I’d Support Paul Ryan At A Contested GOP Convention

March 16, 2016 9:30 a.m.

Former House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) said on Wednesday morning that if the Republican presidential primary leads to a contested convention, he would throw his support behind his successor, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI).

“If we don’t have a nominee who can win on the first ballot, I’m for none of the above,” Boehner said at a conference in Boca Raton, Florida, according to Politico. “They all had a chance to win. None of them won. So I’m for none of the above. I’m for Paul Ryan to be our nominee.”

Boehner noted that “anybody can be nominated” at the convention, according to Politico.

When asked on Tuesday whether he would consider stepping in as the nominee at the convention, Ryan told CBNC, “People say, ‘What about the contested convention?’ I say, well, there are a lot of people running for President. We’ll see. Who knows.”

His spokesman shot down the prospect of a Ryan nomination on Wednesday, saying the speaker wanted the nominee to be “someone who ran this year.”

This post has been updated.

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