Boehner Just Endorsed a Non-Candidate

Paul Ryan for the win?
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 16, 2016 10:49 AM CDT
Boehner Just Endorsed a Non-Candidate
Paul Ryan is seen on Capitol Hill.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Should the GOP fail to choose a nominee on the first ballot at a convention in Cleveland in July, John Boehner has his pick ready—and it isn't any of the current contenders. "I'm for none of the above. I'm for Paul Ryan to be our nominee," Boehner told Politico on Wednesday, while referring to Ted Cruz as "Lucifer." A rep says Boehner's comments were "off-the-cuff" and about "a hypothetical scenario in which none of the current candidates are able to secure the nomination," per CNBC. But what does Ryan have to say?

"I actually think you should run for president if you're going to be president, if you want to be president," Ryan told CNBC on Tuesday. "I'm not running for president. I made that decision, consciously, not to." While he said he is "happy where I am," he added, "I haven't given any thought" to a contested convention. "There are a lot of people running for president," he said. "We'll see. Who knows." A committee created to persuade Ryan to run has folded, which suggests he may be focused on his role as House speaker, reports the Washington Post. (More Paul Ryan stories.)

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