Republican radio personalities Rush Limbaugh and Karl Rove have ignited a fire of speculation that the GOP establishment will nominate a “fresh face” at the convention in Cleveland if Donald Trump and Ted Cruz fall short of the 1,237 delegates required to win.
However, during an interview with Hugh Hewitt Monday morning, Speaker Paul Ryan made it clear — that fresh face isn’t him:
“I do believe people put my name in this thing, and I say, ‘Get my name out of that,’” he said on“The Hugh Hewitt Show.” “If you want to be president, you should go run for president. And that’s just the way I see it.
“I’m not that person. I’d like to think my face is somewhat fresh, but I’m not for this conversation. I think you need to run for president if you’re going to run for president, and I’m not running for president. Period, end of story.”
Granted, Ryan didn’t want to run for speaker, either… and we all know how that turned out.
He also was hesitant to comment on how convention rules might be different this year:
Ryan also voiced uncertainty over the Republican National Convention in July, arguing it might have different rules than the 2012 version.
“I don’t know, that’s not my decision,” he said of Rule 40(b), which requires candidates to have the backing of at least eight state delegations.
“That is going to be up to the delegates,” Ryan added. “I’m going to be an honest broker and make sure that the convention follows the rules as the delegates make the rules.
“It should not be our decision as leaders. It is the delegates’ decision. So I’m not going to comment on what these rules look like or not.”
It seems that the only certain thing about this election is uncertainty.