House Speaker Ryan rules out presidential bid

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WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 19: Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) holds his weekly news conference at the U.S. Capitol Visitors Center November 19, 2015 in Washington, DC. Ryan said the legislation passed by the House Thursday -- which bars Syrian and Iraqi refugees from entering the U.S. unless they pass strict background checks -- is very urgent and that he is not playing politics with the safety of the United States. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Paul Ryan is definitively ruling out a bid for president this year, telling the GOP, “Count me out.”

In a statement at the Republican National Committee, Ryan said if the party can’t choose a nominee on the first ballot, the eventual choice should only be a candidate who participated in the primaries.

Ryan has faced persistent speculation that he could emerge as the GOP nominee from a contested Republican convention.

The Wisconsin Republican told reporters: “I simply believe that if you want to be the nominee — to be the president — you should actually run for it.”

 

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