On the heels of a definitive press conference in which he confirmed he would not seek/accept the GOP nomination at a contested convention, House Speaker Paul Ryan joined Stephen Colbert on last night’s “Late Show” to confirm again and for all, “I do not want, nor would I accept the Republican nomination”.
Previously, Ryan has said that he won’t accept the nomination. “You have said no, and I accept that”, said Colbert. “What I want to talk to you about today is your agenda for House Republicans in 2016”.
Johnson and Ryan have often campaigned together in the Badger State, including at local Republican Party dinners and events, and are working on future events for the two to appear together.
Ryan has repeatedly denied interest in the Republican presidential nomination. This Politico (Politico!!!!) headline says it all: “Paul Ryan’s House of woes: nearly six months into the job, the new speaker is struggling to advance an agenda”.
“It’s a no-no”.
“No, I’m not”, Ryan replied during a satellite appearance from Washington, D.C.
Ryan also had been going out of his way lately to keep his name in the conversation as Republican leaders have become so appalled by the sorry choices remaining out of their teeming mob of failed candidates, they’re actually hoping for a deadlocked convention so that they can start all over. “And in my case, I specifically decided not to run for the job”, Ryan said. “We think we owe our citizens a better way forward, so we’re gonna tackle the issues: economic growth, patient-centered health care, how do you move people from welfare to work, secure national security, restore self-government”. Instead, Ryan uses the money to give the wealthy huge tax cuts.
The election year and the years-long gridlock between Congress and President Barack Obama make dealing with these issues impossible this year. In 2014, for example, Ryan co-hosted a Texas fundraiser for Hurd, who was challenging then-Democratic Rep. Pete Gallego.