House Speaker Paul Ryan on Tuesday said he wants to put to rest all speculations on his running the 2016 presidential elections for GOP. He took the vow amid scepticism over his possible candidacy at a brokered convention and expressed concerns over the continuing chatter that he will be the saviour of the GOP is disturbing his responsibility of running the House.
“I’ve got a message to relay today: We have too much work to do in the House to allow this speculation to swirl or have my motivations questioned,” the Los Angeles Times quoted Ryan as telling a news conference at the Republican National Committee headquarters.
“Let me be clear: I do not want, nor will I accept, the Republican nomination,” he added. “Count me out. I simply believe that if you want to be the nominee — to be the president — you should actually run for it. I chose not to. Therefore, I should not be considered. Period.”
Ryan had said he is not interested in the Republican nomination earlier also but on Tuesday, he said he wanted to put an end to these speculations once and for all.
The Wisconsin lawmaker ran as vice-president on the Republican ticket in 2012 with Mitt Romney. He was suggested as a potential GOP contender if none of the current candidates manages to win the 1237 delegates required to win the nomination.
Ryan was being seen as a possible alternative to GOP front-runner Donald Trump and even Ted Cruz and John Kasich. However, Ryan believes that being the speaker of the House is a far cry from being the president of the United States. His message is clear that he doesn’t want to be a part of the race against Trump.
“Apples and oranges,” the NBC News quoted him as saying. “Being speaker of the house is a far cry from being President of the United States.”
Paul Ryan had also expressed concerns when he was offered the role of the speaker of the House, following the resignation of John A. Boehner in 2015. He agreed the offer after a few stipulations were made.