Speaker of the House Paul Ryan is scheduled to hold a news conference at 3:15 pm Eastern during which he is expected to make a big White House announcement.
Ryan’s name has been floated by some as a potential person the GOP establishment will attempt to sneak in as the nominee in the case of a contested convention. Ryan’s announcement will set the record straight on will he or won’t he run for the presidency in 2016.
Paul Ryan will speak at the Republican National Committee headquarters. He is expected to definitively rule out any possibility that he will run for the GOP nomination to the presidency if there is a contested convention.
In the past, Ryan addressed the possibility of running for the nomination.
“I’ve been really clear about this,” the Speaker said. “If you want to be president, you should run for president. We should select our nominee from among the people who are running for president. Clear and simple. So no, I am not going to be the president. I am not going to be the nominee.”
“I am not going to become the president through Cleveland,” he said.
Speculation, however, swirling around Ryan possibly running for president was fueled by the fact that he said prior to becoming Speaker of the House that he was not going to run for Speaker.
An op-ed written in The Week on April 11 insists that while Ryan is not interested in running for the presidency in 2016, he will run in 2020, at least according to Paul Waldman.
Will Ryan address this possibility in his press conference?