Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin announced April 12 that he is not interested in his party's nomination for president in 2016 (video below).
"So, let me be clear: I do not want, nor will I accept the nomination for our party," he told a press conference, notes NBC News.
So let me speak directly to the delegates on this. If no candidate has a majority on the first ballot, I believe that you should only choose from a person who has actually participated in the primary. Count me out. I simply believe that if you want to be the nominee for 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. I just think it would be wrong to go any other way. So, let me say again, I am not gong to be our party's nominee.
Ryan has been suggested as a potential candidate by some in the GOP establishment who are not happy with the leading Republican presidential candidates Donald Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas.
Ryan initially refused to be speaker, but changed his mind after certain conditions were met by party leadership.
POLITICO noted April 11:
The backdrop of all his denials is the political reality that Ryan would likely lose. Most public polling has him faring relatively poorly in a potential matchup with [Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton]. Of course, polls shift, but Ryan would be forced to launch and run a presidential campaign in three months. His experience from 2012 would help, but even the most talented campaigner would be at a disadvantage on such a compressed timetable.