Ryan said nomination should go to someone who has actually ran for it.
In a brief press conference Tuesday afternoon, House Speaker Paul Ryan sought to put to rest all rumors and speculation about a 2016 run for president.
“Count me out,” he said, “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.
“Let me be clear: I do not want, nor will I accept the Republican nomination,” he said.
He also said the nominee should be someone who ran for president this cycle, and he encouraged rule clarification that would only allow someone who ran during the current cycle to be put forward.
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