Ryan ‘will not accept’ GOP presidential nomination at contested convention

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Speaker of the House Paul Ryan addresses the forum at the 2016 Kemp Forum on Expanding Opportunity in Columbia, South Carolina. Photo by Randall Hill/Reuters

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan addresses the forum at the 2016 Kemp Forum on Expanding Opportunity in Columbia, South Carolina. Photo by Randall Hill/Reuters

WASHINGTON — House Speaker Paul Ryan’s spokeswoman says he “will not accept a nomination” to be the Republican running for president — even if his predecessor, John Boehner, nominated him.

The possibility of a Ryan nomination at a contested Republican Party convention started when he said in a CNBC interview, “There are a lot of people running for president. We’ll see. Who knows?”

Former House Speaker John Boehner jumped on the comments, saying he would support Ryan if Republicans can’t nominate any candidate at the convention. His spokesman, Dave Schnittger, said Boehner made the comments Wednesday at a conference in Boca Raton, Florida.

But Ryan spokeswoman AshLee Strong moved quickly to quash any talk of Ryan becoming the nominee.

“The speaker is grateful for the support, but he is not interested,” she said in an emailed statement. “He will not accept a nomination and believes our nominee should be someone who ran this year.”

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